Be strong, fear not! Here is your God.
Isaiah 35:1 -6
Advent is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice and yet who have hope of deliverance by a God who has heard the cries of the oppressed and brought deliverance! The anticipation of the Coming of the Messiah throughout the Old Testament and Judaism was not in connection with remembrance of sins. Rather, it was in the context of oppression and injustice, the longing for redemption, not from personal guilt and sin but from the systemic evil of the world … It is in that sense that all creation groans for its redemption (Rom 8:18-25). As Christians, it is in that hope that we celebrate with gladness the great promise of Advent.
Dennis Bratcher, The Season of Advent Anticipation and Hope
Come Lord Jesus.
In my own life how can I help to bring peace, justice and righteousness to my small part of the world?
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience bearing with one another and forgiving one another. . as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must do. And over all of these put on love that is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body.
Colossians 3: 12-15
Your rule springs into existence as our arms reach out to embrace all creatures.
From this divine union, let us birth new images for a new world. Create Your reign of unity now.
Prayers of the Cosmos
When the lives of people and of society are in accord with the reign of God, there will be a visible and tangible restructuring of relationships, a restructuring that will be good news for the poor, the hungry, the sad, the sick, the lame, the outcasts, and the unclean. The reign of God that is found within the unfolding of the entire universe must be the guiding vision of all people.
Jesus in the New Universe Story
Co-creation is a human responsibility that carries with it grave implications. There are simply some divine cravings in life– the liberation of the poor, the equality of women, the humanity of the entire human race– that are worth striving for, living for, dying for, finished or unfinished, for as long as it takes to achieve them.
Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.
This is the way of peace: overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.