Readings:

1 John 2: 22-28
John 1: 19-28

Reflection

As we continue to walk in the warmth of Christmas, we continue to seek and cherish the peace of God in a humble little baby Jesus.
We all experience a sense of peace in silence. Is peace a direct result of silence? I love these beautiful words of St. Theresa of Kolkata (Mother Theresa). She says, the fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.
I would imagine the life of John the Baptist was a journey from silence to peace. As a voice in the wilderness he allowed various dynamics of prayer, faith, love and service to pave the way to peace which he recognized in Jesus, the Lamb of God, Prince of peace.
In a world which tries to establish peace through war and destruction, it’s important to mature in a genuine process that leads to true peace.
Taking time to pray; finding the centre of our life in Christ; clearing the ground of our hearts and allowing the Lord to land in our hearts: is something that facilitates the journey from silence to peace.
May the peace of Christ be with you all. Wish you all a beautiful Christmas season and a blessed New Year 2024.

Justin Durai Raj CP is a member of the Passionist community at St.Paul, Glen Osmond, SA.