Thinking about “Peace” this second week of Advent, I’ve been reflecting on some of the responses we’ve heard from other communities who’ve had COVID-19 cases. Specifically, the harassment some who’ve tested positive have received. Emergencies tend to bring out our better angels, and our worst selves. “Peace” can be something we work for so zealously that we steamroll over others, or exclude people from the circle of community to preserve “our” peace at all costs.
It’s been a scary week. With news of a confirmed COVID-19 case in Marathon, a continued spike of cases in Thunder Bay, and countless other newsbytes that have us furrowing our brows. Let me tell you, I have not been feeling very optimistic recently. Yet, this week in the church calendar we are celebrating “Hope”.
The funny thing about this story, is that we’re starting at the end, instead of the beginning. But, that’s sort of what advent is all about! Every Advent we begin by waiting for Jesus to arrive, just like the very first listeners of this story. Except, while we wait for him to arrive the first time, those listeners are waiting for him to return. It’s a cycle that repeats itself over and over again – like a wheel.