Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
If Advent is the season of hope and anticipation, then it’s good to consider what we are hoping for—and what sort of world we are anticipating.
The birth of the Christ Child is all about a new order coming to this world. Whether we are watching news coverage or we are trying not to lose our temper at the checkout line, we experience daily a desperate need for peace.
Jesus’ coming began the world’s transformation, but such radical change must continue—one day at a time, and one changed heart at a time.
May each of us embody peace today.