Advent of the nonviolent Jesus

Luke 1:26-38 depicts Jesus' steadfast waiting for God's word of peace. Every day during Advent, we can take time to sit in silence and solitude, in contemplative prayer, and listen for God. When we do, oddly enough, we notice once again the violence within us, whatever keeps us unpeaceful. We are then free to allow God to disarm our hearts and give us the gift of peace. - Fr John Dear SJ