The Gift of Peace by Fr Aloy Udo
For the last 3 Sundays, there has been an emphasis on peace. The reason is that peace is important for us as Christians and humans. St Paul towards the end of the second reading says, ‘Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule’. Every living thing needs peace. Christ even gives peace to the people and teaches them to be peaceful. He says, “Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.”
After the baptism, at the beginning of the ministry of Christ, He began by saying people should repent for the kingdom of God is at hand. He handpicked few people as disciples and began to train and orient them for they would be the ones to spread the good news of salvation throughout the world. They would spread the message of peace.
However, there were others Christ sent. In some passages, they are referred to as 70 and others 72. He sent them in pairs so one can help the other. He gave them instructions to them such as, ‘Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’’
For us, we may not go out to preach but what we do in the name of Christ is the same as preaching. For example, singing in the choir, among others is an opportunity to spread the message as long as this is done from the heart.
Jesus instructed the disciples to travel light. We, on the other hand, are expected to go out to the poor, visit them and give them what you have. Jesus meant that the vision should continue through Apostles, missionaries, etc. We are the ones to continue this visitation through our various services. After all, ‘there are different kinds of service, but the same Lord’. (1 Corinthians 12:5)
Finally, may we be hearers and doers of the word and do the work Christ has appointed for us. May we bring peace to our fellow men and may we all make Heaven through Christ our Lord. Amen.