which you fashioned from clay.
We begin and end each liturgical year with our focus on Christ the King. The appearance of the Magi with their gifts are reminders to us that even as a baby, Christ is our true king. Fr. Bob Barron has suggested that there is a contrast of kings in the Christmas story. There is Herod, the tyrant and worldly king, and there is Christ, the savior of the world and prince of peace. Barron reminds us the Christmas is the time when we must make the choice of which king we will follow. Christ is certainly a different sort of king in that his power and armies are not at the service of death and destruction, but rather bring forth the power of grace and forgiveness. Isaiah’s words have much to teach us in this regard,
He shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again. (Isaiah 2:4)
The celebration of Christmas and these final days of Advent should allow us to look for the areas of our life needing peace. For many of us, this time of the year brings a hectic pace and the reminder of strained relationships with family members and friends. Today we have the opportunity to invite God into these areas by following Christ, the king of the nations. Let us invite him to rule our hearts and bring them his peace.