With the feast of Corpus Christi and everything that is happening in the world these days we are, once again, reminded that peace, as the fathers of the Second Vatican Council said, is not the absence of war, it is rather an enterprise of justice. Peace can only result from the harmony built into human society by its divine Creator and actualized by humankind. True peace can be obtained on earth only when each human being’s rights are protected when each person is firmly determined to respect other people with dignity.
Corpus Christi, Christ’s presence through the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest source of peace that we can ever experience on earth. Holy Eucharist is the Sacrament of Peace, not only because it places the Prince of Peace before us, but because our devotion to the Blessed Sacrament brings us together as one family before our Lord, making us one body in Christ.
The real presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist promotes peace. By its nature, the Mass puts all of us at peace with God for its Calvary’s redemption. It is the reaffirmation of the agreement of the new covenant between God and us and if you pay attention throughout the service you will realize that peace is an integral part of the Mass.
As we read in the Gospel this Sunday, Christ commands us to receive the Holy Eucharist. Nevertheless, we must be worthy to receive it. We must clean ourselves from any sins and evil in our hearts before receiving Christ. Why? Because sin prompted by evil in this world is the principal troublemaker and the chief enemy of peace in every part of our lives. Christ present through the Blessed Sacrament on the other hand always helps us avoid sin in our lives by preserving grace and peace of Christ in our lives.
Blessed Sacrament is our greatest source of peace and only when there is peace in our hearts, there can be peace in our homes. And only when there is peace at home there can be hope that there will be peace in our nation and in the world. May we in midst of all that is happening in the world, find the peace of Christ through His real presence in the Blessed Sacrament.