Reflection: Our lives are so often marked by busyness, stress and conflict. The opposite to this is peace and harmony. That is the vision offered by Isaiah. In this remarkable passage, Isaiah describes the opposites being in harmony together. Aggressive, predatory animals will coexist peacefully with those that would normally be their prey. It paints a picture of justice and order, where even the most vulnerable in a society can flourish. This new world order is an ideal that we have not seen yet on this earth. It is, in this sense, an eschatological vision. It is a future that is
depicted in the New Testament with the future reign of Christ. At that time, creation will be in true unity. The challenge for us is to work towards that new world order of peace.
Questions: How does Christ offer true peace and unity to our world?
Prayer: Lord, so often we see conflict and disharmony in our world. Help us to see the world as you intend it to be and to work towards this vision of true peace.