Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them. ~ Taken from Isaiah 11:1-10
Today we hear
about opposites attracting, about the less likely companions becoming
friends or at least being at peace with one another.
When we find peace within ourselves, we become the kind of people that can live at peace with others, even the most unlikely.1
Pope Francis, this morning in his daily homily, urged those present to reflect on how the peace of which
the prophet Isaiah speaks of “is a peace that is so moving, it is a peace of
joy, a peace of praise,” which we can also say is “noisy, in praise, a
peace that bears fruit in becoming a mother of new children.”........
This peace “comes precisely in the joy of praise for the Trinity, and of
evangelization, of going to the people to tell them who Jesus is,”
noted the Pope, drawing attention to Jesus’ “dogmatic declaration” in
the Gospel when he affirms to his father that “you decided to reveal
Yourself not to the wise, but to the little ones.” 2.
During this first week of Advent, let us pray for the peace we might need to be at peace with those we are not.
1. Adapted from Peace Pilgrim Quotes