The People of God, for many centuries have been expecting the coming of the “Messiah”. When He came it was in a most unexpected way. God Himself came in the Person of Christ.
The question John the Baptist posed in this Sunday’s Gospel (Matt 11; 2-11) reflects the air of expectancy amongst the people of God. Advent is the season to re-live that great expectancy. In Advent we prepare to celebrate Christmas – celebrate the First Coming of the Messiah – and we prepare to look forward for His coming at the end of time. We join the Angels in singing the song: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace to people of goodwill (cf. Lk 2:14). It is a season of peace and goodwill. But peace and good will is not something of a passive wish that remains in our hearts. It must be something we actively work towards. Hence St Pope John Paul II, once said:
If you want peace, work for justice.
If you want justice, defend life.
If you want life, embrace truth – truth revealed by God
May the Prince come into our lives and our hearts.
Come Lord Jesus. Come, Prince of Peace.