Find yourself at a Christmas Eve service this evening. Enjoy the anticipation.
“Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above
Glory to God, all glory in the highest
O Come Let us Adore Him . . . Christ the Lord.
As the first weeks are Hope, Love and Joy, the final week is the Peace that Passes all Understanding. That knowledge—of what Christ has done, is doing, and will do—gives us peace, for we know that He directs our lives.
Many people become caught up in the questions: who and what? why and how? Christ is a mystery that we can’t answer. Should we try to understand Him? Yes, but the factual details only reveal bits and pieces. And facts change, while truth is eternal. Christ is truth. Everything He does and says reveal to us the Kingdom of Heaven.
The second reading for this Sunday of Peace comes from the New Testament: Matthew 3: 1 to 12 ~ John the Baptist is the one voice crying in the Wilderness, saying “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
And our mystery is solved, for while we may not understand the vastness of God and the greatest of miraculous events, we have our purpose: to cry out to others to accept Christ, fight against the temptation of sin, and represent Christ in this world through the choices in our lives.
Come, O long-expected Jesus, / Born to set your people free; / From our fears and sins release us / By your death on Calvary.
Israel’s strength and consolation, / Hope to all the earth impart, / Dear desire of ev’ry nation, / Joy of every longing heart.
Born your people to deliver, / Born a child and yet a king; / Born to reign in us forever, / Now your gracious kingdom bring.
By your own eternal Spirit / Rule in all our hearts alone; / By your all-sufficient merit / Raise us to your glorious throne.