The Peace that Jesus Brings
Peace can seem like a scarce commodity in our world, like a promise that is never quite made good on. And yet we as Christians claim that Jesus is the Prince of Peace. If you take a look around our world, or our country, and sometimes even in our own families and inner lives, there is a lot of turmoil, a lot of frustration, and sometimes outright conflict.
Discernment of one’s vocation can also often feel like a time of unrest and turmoil; it can feel like a sleepless night with lots of tossing and turning and not much rest. The Presence of Jesus brings peace. When the Spirit of Jesus enters the scene, the anxious sting can be pulled out of a decision and replaced with trust and confidence.
In the Christmas Proclamation, commonly recited or chanted at Christmas Matins or before the Midnight Mass, we hear that Christ was born on a day with “the whole world being at peace.” Traditionally it is held that on Christmas Day the whole world was at peace. For the first day perhaps since Cain killed his brother Abel, there was no violence on earth. The birth of the Savior passed over earth like the eye of a storm before it plunged back into war again.
The disciples faced a troubled world around them when they were first called to follow Christ, and he sent them out back into a troubled world to take the Gospel there. But while they were with him, they knew they had found God’s will. The relationship they had with Jesus gave them the strength they needed to face the challenges of ministry that they later encountered.
Many men report that, early on in their discernment, that when they thought about the priesthood, or about seminary, or during a visit, that they would encounter a feeling of peace that often eluded them when they were worrying about all the other demands of life. That feeling of peace led them to trust that the Holy Spirit was leading them towards a life of ministry in community.
Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace, and to be united to him is to have the faith and trust that he will be with us and carry us through, no matter what kind of storm might be raging around us.
Prayer to Mary Immaculate, Queen of Peace
Most holy and immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our loving Mother, being his Mother, you shared in his universal kingship. The prophets and angels proclaimed him King of Peace. With loving fervor in our hearts we salute and honor you as Queen of Peace.
We pray that your intercession may protect us and all people from hated and discord, and direct our hearts into the ways of peace and justice which your Son taught and exemplified. We ask your maternal care for our Holy Father who works to reconcile the nations in peace. We seek your guidance for our President and other leaders as they strive for world peace.
Glorious Queen of peace, grant us peace in our hearts, harmony in our families and concord throughout the world. Immaculate Mother, as patroness of our beloved country, watch over us and protect us with your motherly love. Amen.
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