If the incarnation is anything, it is a divine interrupt of the systems and strategies of the world. Jesus came not just to take away our sins but also to transform the world. The peace that he brings is not one that tries to smooth things over or which attempts to avoid rocking the boat. In truth, the in-breaking of the kingdom of God is and always was a disturbing scandal that often upsets the status quo and challenges the powers that be. Part of our Advent preparation is learning to adjust our expectations and open our lives to the surprise of God that births a new thing in our midst.