Dear Friends

Peace, Beloveds,

As I write to you, it is the 33rd commemoration of World AIDS Day. Over the years, it has fittingly coincided with the First Sunday of Advent, which is recognized as HOPE. Many of us lived in the “wilderness” in HOPE. This year, World AIDS Day, is smack dab in the middle between HOPE and PEACE Sundays in Advent.

And we always hope for peace.

This year, PEACE Sunday focuses on John the Baptist, the one who calls us from the wild. Luke 3:4 says: As it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of God, make their paths straight.’”

A Catholic interpretation offers: To guide our feet into the way of peace. O peace, my heart’s desire! O Jesus, you who are my peace! You who put me at peace with God, with myself, and with the whole world, and thus make peace both in heaven and on earth! (cf. Col. 1:20). When will it come to pass, O Jesus?

Whatever the delivery, peace is the goal. Are you ready to travel into the hopeful wilderness toward PEACE? I invite you to join, whether it be in person or on Zoom, to participate in growing Island United’s advocacy of PEACE.

Peace be upon you,
Rev. Michael Cronin

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