Thursday, December 8, 2011
Throughout Advent we hear a lot about "Peace on Earth" and "Goodwill towards Men." This is the message of Christmas and the Christ Child. When most people think of violence, they think of terrorism or nuclear war. But there is violence all around us, all the time: in our city, in our schools, even in our homes. The destructive use of force and violence in everyday life is so prevalent today that it sometimes goes unnoticed, completely accepted as the norm. God is nonviolent and Jesus challenges us to treat people as God treats us: always with love. We learned the lesson in early childhood - "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Our actions and vocabulary usage at home, at work and in the community are small ways where we can pay attention and begin our personal nonviolence campaign. If we embrace nonviolence as a way of life, we can release into the world a power that nothing can ultimately withstand. It is the greatest healing, purifying, unifying power in all the world. For it is a divine power, the power of absolute love. The practice of nonviolence in our lives lets God into God's world and opens the world to God's Holy Spirit. Let us grasp the opportunity that this Season of Love and Peace provides for us. Together we can renew the face of the earth.