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.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.
What a beautiful image the prophet Isaiah puts before us. These days of so much violence and senseless killings, our world certainly needs reminding that we are called to be at peace with one another. However, we might find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed. Asking, “What can I do in the face of so much violence and hatred?” In situations like this, I always remind myself that Jesus’ ministry took place within about 100 miles of his birthplace. And yet, look at the effect He had!
We are called to be people of peace and justice right where we are – in our homes, neighborhoods, and local communities. This means that we must get involved. By doing so we can have influence and help to bring about change. This does involve struggle along the way. Even Jesus experienced opposition in his ministry. It is not always about being popular or well-liked. Where is the Lord calling you to be involved, to stand for justice and right, to bring about peace?
God of mercy and consolation, help us in our weakness and free us from sin. Hear our prayer that we may rejoice at the coming of your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.