FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C
3rd July 2022
Isaiah 66:10-14; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12,17-20.
Today the church is reminding us to trust the peace of God’s kingdom as the solution to human violence. The kingdom of God is a kingdom of peace. The first reading described the kingdom of God as the heavenly Jerusalem where peace flows like a river. In the gospel Jesus sent out the seventy-two disciples in pairs to preach the peace of the kingdom. Upon returning, they gave testimonies of how the devils submitted to them at the mention of the name of Jesus. And Jesus said to them; ‘I watched Satan fall like lightning from heaven’. He said this because the message of peace proved a useful weapon against the evil of human violence.
Dear friends, let us do everything it takes to maintain peace amongst us. Human violence is always standing in the way of true happiness in the world. Violence is Satan’s greatest weapons against us. Trouble makers are short-sighted on the invincible nature of violence. They are fixed on mischief to the extent that they lose sight of the fact that they cannot control the direction of the violence they instigated. We must embrace the peace of God’s kingdom in order to overcome the enemy.
The second reading from Paul’s letter to the Galatians, points to the cross of Christ as the source of the peace of God’s kingdom. By following the rule of the crucified Christ, the confusion resulting from circumcision will be resolved. He said; It does not matter if a person is circumcised or not; what matters is for him to become an altogether new creature. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, who form the Israel of God. Therefore let us embrace the peace of the kingdom of God in order to keep human violence at bay.
Fr Anthony Ekpunobi, CM