Instruments Of Christ’s Peace
Readings: 1st: Is 66:10-14; Ps: 65:1-7. 16. 20; 2nd: Gal 6:14-18 Gos: Lk 10:1-12. 17-20
This brief reflection was written by Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). He is a missionary in Puerto Rico. He is the Parish Priest of Parroquia la Resurrección del Senor, Canóvanas, and the Major Superior of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Circumscription of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. He was the chancellor of the Diocese of Fajardo Humacao, Puerto Rico. Fr. Canice is a member of the Academy of Homiletics. For more details and comments contact him at: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Nothing is lost by peace…Jesus brings us peace and leaves us peace” (Pius XII). On this fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Church draws our attention to the need and importance of peace in our world. She also reminds us that Christ is the source of our peace.
One of humankind’s natural desires is to live a peaceful life. Ordinarily, one would expect humanity to enjoy more peace and harmony with all the scientific discoveries and inventions in our world. Unfortunately, it has not been so. This is because peace comes from God. So, it must be appreciated, nurtured, and preserved.
In the first reading of today, God in his infinite goodness offers us peace: “Now towards her I send overflowing peace like a river.” When we allow this peace to flow into our hearts and guide our lives, we become fulfilled, satisfied, and our communities and the entire world become a wonderful place. Therefore God calls us to be messengers, instruments, and agents of this peace. It must flow from and through us to others.
Unfortunately, most of us today have lost the mark. This is by assuming that peace comes from material or physical wealth, how many cars, houses, clothes, or how much money one has in their account. According to Jürgen Moltmann, “Peace is the blessed joy of a successful life. It is the fullness of life in the presence of the living God. It is the fullness of life in the mutual love of human beings. It is the fullness of life in the community of creation with all other creatures.” This can only flow from Jesus Christ, the prince of peace.
In the second reading, Paul prays, “Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, who form the Israel of God.” This means that peace comes to our hearts, homes, communities, societies, and world when we work in harmony with the will of God. It comes to all who bear the marks of Christ as Paul did. So, we must make room for peace so that our joy may be complete in Jesus Christ.
Today’s gospel acclamation is a prayer from Paul: “May the peace of Christ reign in your hearts!” The absence of peace in any heart, family, community, society, or nation leaves it devastated. Peace advances our communities. Any community that welcomes peace welcomes an opportunity for both spiritual and material prosperity.
In today’s gospel, Jesus equips us with the message we must bring to our world: “Peace be with this house.” It is a gift we must offer to our world. Jesus knows very well that this is what our world needs most, and he is ever ready to let us have it. With the peace that Christ offers us, we must be prepared to transform our world from a culture of war and hatred to a culture of peace. He invites us to be instruments of his peace. What we must bring to our world is the good news of the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Finally, peace is precious and golden. Like joy, it is contagious. If we have peace, it must affect others positively. Therefore, like Francis of Assisi, let us pray: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.”
Peace be with you all!