"The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat . . . . The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest." So Isaiah describes (11:6-8) aspects of the coming Kingdom of God when animals will not harm people or even fight with each other. It will be a time of perfect peace when "(T)hey will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah 11:9).
This time has not yet come. All creation is waiting for it though (Romans 8:19). The land, the plants, the animals and people are all waiting for the fullness of the Kingdom of God on earth to be revealed. Peace on earth doesn't just mean peace between people, but also peace between animals and people and peace between people and the earth. It means the reversal of the results of original sin (Genesis 3:14-19).
For reflection: How can I contribute to peace on earth today? At work? At home?
Let us pray. Jesus, there are people in my family who drive me crazy and I'll be seeing them soon. This year I would like things to be different. I would like to be an agent of peace in the family, instead of discord. How do I do that?
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I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.