Isaiah 11:1-11; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
Peace isn't a State of Mind

Beginning with the strange phrase, "his delight will be in the fear of the Lord" (delight in fear!??) Fr. Allen begins to unpack the prophetic vision of Peace: the finely-honed and equitable version the Messiah will initiate and the reality that it can never be an arrived at state-of-mind but an ongoing journey towards that most elusive of human aspirations: widespread justice.  Drawing on Paul and John the Baptist's clarity Fr. Allen ends with a practical challenge to himself and for all who listen.