‘May peace reign in your heart’

is a common wish at Christmas

as we celebrate God-with-us.

The problem at the moment

Is that peace

Seems quite distant

As we read and hear and see

Murder and mayhem

Here and overseas


There are those

Who respond in kind.

But if we look closer

That’s not all we’ll see


We’ll see tears

And acts of compassion

From strangers

Who recognise

The bonds of shared humanity


Evil acts by humans

Can divide us

And remind us

That God’s reign

Is not complete.

But acts of love and compassion

Unite us

And bring the peace of God’s reign


Educating for the Lived Gospel #125

So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. (John 6:67-68)

There are many distractions in modern life. Consumerism – the constant ‘wanting’ touted as ‘good for the economy’ is one. Another is a restless need to constantly be busy, be productive. Another still is the way work demands can spill over into non-working hours. These examples, and others like them, are never sated. Where will we find true meaning for our lives? Augustine’s words, which echo the scripture passage, are well put: “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you”. Am I making regular time to find that rest?
Young people have a variety of influences on them such as family, friends, social media, Internet and TV. Exploration is a natural part of being young. However, young people can be easily influenced – not being sure which way to turn. Our influence, our example of ‘finding rest’ in our faith is important to share with our young people.
Have a great week!