The violent know no limits. Mass graves are filled by narco-traffickers with impunity. Drones are drop bombs in Pakistan and Afghanistan and innocent civilians as collateral damage. This is how drug routes and the political stability of regions are secured by the violent among us. This kind of brute force knows no boundaries, neither does it follow accepted moral codes nor respect human values.
By this same might, yet by very different means, that knows no boundaries, we are invited to embrace the Kingdom of God. Jesus words rekindle and set ablaze our passion for the Reign of God. With the same zeal of the violent among us we are called to encounter the Reign and to build it.
I pray that this Advent Season our hearts may be set on fire for the Reigning of God and that with that same passion we may receive it.
Fr. Hugo Esparza-Perez, C.P. is a Passionist of Holy Cross Province now working in Mexico with the Province of Cristo Rey.