In a world of wars and personal animosity, on the second Sunday in Advent, we focus on the theme of peace, recognising that peace with God is the pathway to personal peace. ‘Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,’ Paul tells us. (Rom 5:1) Jesus’ arrival at Bethlehem heralded the start of this reconciliation with God, hence He is known as the ‘Prince of peace.’ (Is 9:6)

Jesus teaches us how to forgive others and live at peace with them, as He forgave those who betrayed Him and put Him to death. Forgiveness is probably the biggest single step to peace. We have to learn to let go of our hurts, prejudices and grievances and to forgive others as we have been forgiven. (Eph 4:32) Only then can we move towards peace.