Will you give comfort to your brothers and sisters?
As we enter the second week of Advent, the second candle, symbolizing
Peace, is lit. The words of the Prophet Isaiah resonate with us today: “Comfort,
give comfort to my people, says your God.” These words call us to reflect on our
actions and attitudes toward one another. Are we actively giving comfort and
Peace to those around us, or are we causing them distress and anguish?
Living as we do, in a world filled with turmoil and uncertainty, it is essential
for us, as followers of Christ, to be beacons of comfort and Peace. Our words,
actions, and even our presence can bring solace and encouragement to those
who are burdened with the struggles of life. We are called to be agents of God’s
love and Peace, extending compassion and understanding to those in need.
If we fail to provide comfort to our brothers and sisters, we hinder the way of
the Lord. As the Prophet Isaiah continues to tell us, a voice that cries out in the
desert calls us to prepare the way for the Lord, and to make straight a highway in
the wasteland. Every valley is to be filled, every mountain and hill made low, and
the rugged land transformed into a plain. These metaphorical images remind us
of the transformation that happens when we bring comfort and Peace to others.
When we live lives characterized by love and compassion, the radiance of the
Lord is unveiled. Each of us is responsible for being channels of God’s Peace so
that all may perceive His transformative love working through us.
As we continue our Advent journey, let us open our minds, hearts, and
hands to impart love to those around us. Let us be mindful of opportunities to
bring comfort and Peace to our families, community and those in need. May our
actions align with the message of Christ, and may our lives reflect the joyous
anticipation of His coming.
Fr. Dominic Toan Tran, Pastor.
Dear brothers and sisters, in this season of Advent, let us strive to create a
world characterized by love, compassion, and Peace. May we actively prepare
the way for the Lord so that He may be born anew in our hearts and in the hearts
of those we encounter every day. May God abundantly bless each of us as we
seek to be ambassadors of His Peace to our families and community.