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Zephaniah 3:14-18a; Psalm Isaiah 12; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18

What is this “peace of God that surpasses all understanding” that St. Paul talks about in today’s second reading? I’m reminded of a man in a parish where I once served who attracted attention in the office where he worked precisely because of the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. His office was well known for gossip, in-fighting, sniping and competitiveness. He maintained civil relationships with those with whom he worked, but he did not participate in the game-playing. One day one of his co-workers asked him, “What’s with you? How is it that you can work here but not get involved in all this garbage?” And he replied, “Let me tell you about Jesus.” Instead of anxiety, instead of all-too-human failures and weaknesses, we are called to grow constantly in our awareness of God’s loving presence. With that awareness comes the grace of God’s surpassing peace. The world still roils around us, but it doesn’t tear us down. This works not only in offices but also while Christmas shopping!

How do you tune in to the presence of God in your life?

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