May the Peace of the Lord Jesus, King of Kings, always be with us. The feast of Christ the King indeed concludes the liturgical year. Jesus is the beginning and the end (alpha and omega); His is the dominion over the universe, our lives, and time itself. To celebrate the beginning, that is, the advent of our Lord in the four weeks that separate us from Holy Christmas, what must we do and prepare?
The Advent of the Lord is the event of the year because every year Jesus seeks to be reborn in our hearts. We ourselves are the Bethlehem cave, and we must be the shining star of faith. Each year, we propose the most essential activity to start working on ourselves and prepare for Christmas: forgiveness.
The greatest gift to give is forgiveness, to bring God into our hearts, especially when the wrongs done to us tempt us to move away from God and use further wrongs in a reactive chain that does not lead to peace but only distances us from God.
If distance, namely ‘departure,’ is the opposite of ‘advent,’ we understand that the best way to welcome the Lord Jesus is to forgive, thus preparing for this wonderful encounter.
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’” (Matthew 18:21-22)
How many wars in the world could have been avoided? Let’s start doing it in our hearts: FOR-GIVE.
Let’s give ourselves and the world the Peace of Christ:
130th International Prayer Marathon
November 28-29-30, 2023