Peace be with you! 

We have entered the season of Advent, and we now light the 2nd candle, which signifies peace. In the 2nd week for the preparation for Christmas, we are invited to reflect on peace and recognise the real and urgent need for peace within our families, community, our country and throughout the world. The book of Isaiah chapter 9 verses 6 and 7 says that ‘For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor,  Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ Prophet Isaiah foretold the righteous reign of the coming King as the Prince of Peace, who is Jesus. Due to various reasons, humankind has lost that sense of peace, and everyone needs peace in their lives, especially those countries who are at war. In this time of preparation, it is the right time to try to make peace with one another, to share our joy, love and support and to commit to cultivating forgiveness, which sometimes involves sacrifice. God is the source of all grace and we need to approach him to pray for this special grace to share with one another, and for peace within the countries where there is terrible fighting and senseless killing.  As we prepare for Christmas, let us surrender ourselves to God and let us pray.

Abba Father,

We thank you for all of your blessings in our lives and know you are always with us, especially as we continue to struggle and look for a peaceful life. At this time, we remember and pray for the countries at war and for all of the people who are affected. Be with them and console them and grant them your peace. Give us your endless peace and help us to be promoters of peace where there is strife and bitterness. Amen 

May the Prince of Peace be with you always. 

By Fr Ignatius Raj