Homily For 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C

Instruments Of Christ’s Peace

 Readings: (1st: Ish 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 Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico &  Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on:canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com.

“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 desire is to live a peaceful life. Ordinarily one would expect that with all the scientific discoveries and inventions in our world, that humanity would enjoy more peace and harmony. 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 entire world becomes a wonderful place. We are therefore called to be dispensers and agent of this peace. It must flow from, and through us to others.

Unfortunately, most of us today have lost the mark by assuming that peace comes from material or physical wealth. That is, how many cars, houses, how much cloths, or even how much money that one has in his or her 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 for peace and mercy on all who follow God’s will: “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 only 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 for our joy to be complete in Christ.

Today’s gospel acclamation is a prayer from Paul: “May the peace of Christ reign in your hearts!” It therefore suffices to note that 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 ready to transform our world from the culture of war and hatred to a culture of peace. He invites us to be instruments of His peace.

Finally, we are commissioned by Jesus say to others: “Peace be with you!” Peace is golden. Like joy, it is also contagious. If we have peace, it must affect others positively. Therefore, let us pray like Francis of Assisi: “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!          

Maranatha!!

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