Sunday, 20 December 2015

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Peace

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (No.179)

'Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"'
Is peace on earth even possible amidst the violence and grief our world suffers? 

Peace on earth…' The opening verse of 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' infers a link between peace on earth and Christmas.

Christians use an old fashioned word for this devastation. Sin. In 1739, the song writer for this carol, Charles Wesley, summed up the connection between Christmas and peace. 'God and sinners reconciled.'

We all add to the lack of peace and devastation in our world. We all qualify for the best Christmas present of all. The gift of forgiveness, and the return of peace. Wesley writes that everyone is entitled to this free gift.

'Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.'

Today we light the final candle of our Advent wreath. We still have time to take a few moments each day to ponder these gifts.

'But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.'
Luke 2:19

Susanne Timpani

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection: Friday December 25th, 2015