The gift of peace


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The first intimation of the FIRST CHRISTMAS by the heavenly hosts, when Mother Mary gave birth to her only beloved son — Jesus — in a stable, surrounded by cattle and fodder, was to the SHEPHERDS, minding their sheep in their fields.  They woke up by the flashing of lights and were told, “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.  Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth, peace and goodwill toward men.”
The one certain message, that was conveyed to all on earth, was that of PEACE & GOODWILL.  Jesus came into the world, to share God’s peace and love with everyone on earth.  That is why He is called the “PRINCE OF PEACE.”
The peace bequeath by Jesus is inseparable from His presence.  Christmas celebrations, often mistaken with material gifts that Santa Claus brings along, is really about God’s GIFT OF PEACE.  Only God can transform our selfish hearts and lives of conflict with GENEROSITY & PEACE. -Peace is God’s gift to us to be received, preserved and enjoyed on Earth.  No person can be at rest to the very roots of one’s being, in the absence of the consciousness that he is at peace with God.  And there can be no peace with God unless we are at peace with ourselves.  St. Augustine said, “Our hearts are restless O God, until they rest in Thee.”
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