Vatican City, 5 December 2014 (VIS) – This morning in the Redemptoris Mater chapel the Holy Father attended the first sermon of Advent, pronounced by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M., preacher of the Papal Household. The theme was “Peace on earth to humanity, loved by the Lord”, based on the Gospel of St. Luke.
Peace, as Fr. Cantalamessa explained to L'Osservatore Romano, was selected as the theme in part due to its tragic current relevance and also to restore to the word the richness of its meaning as it is used in the Bible.
Today's sermon was dedicated to peace as a gift from the Lord Jesus Christ, for as the Preacher of the Papal Household remarked, “the Word of God teaches us that the primary and most important form of peace , is vertical – that is, between God and humanity”.
The sermon of 12 December will focus on peace as a task that requires work, with reference to the phrase from the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the peacemakers”. The third meditation will be on peace as a fruit of the Spirit, or rather the inner peace of the soul.