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    A Time for Building Peace

    Last week we lit the first candle of Advent – that fragile flickering flame in the darkness which reminds us of God’s gift of hope. This week we light the second candle reminding us of his gift of peace. We think of Jesus’ words at the Last Supper: “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you. A peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.” (John, 14:27). And we remember that the first words which Jesus spoke to the same disciples in that same upper room after the resurrection were: “Peace be with you.” It is a precious gift.

    Our television screens have been dominated by images of war in 2016. How can we truly build peace on earth? It is now four years since Nelson Mandela died – here was a man who came to understand Jesus’ path to peace. In his youth he fought the injustice of apartheid through violence but during his long years in prison his faith showed him that he would need to walk another path on his “long road to freedom.” As he famously wrote after his release from prison: “As I walked out the door towards the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew that if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I would still be in prison.” And later: “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

    In today’s Gospel we hear John the Baptist’s cry carried by the desert wind: “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.” Repentance simply means coming back to God, and like Nelson Mandela recognising what it is that we need to leave behind if we are to be truly free and once more walk in God’s ways and with his grace be reconciled with others. What is that you need to leave behind? Come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Advent and give to God all your burdens and anxieties. Like Nelson Mandela we learn that there can be no peace in our world and in our individual lives without forgiveness and true forgiveness comes from Christ, the Prince of Peace.

    With Advent blessings from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem and all the parish team.

    Posted 3 Dec 2016, 13:19 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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