TEXT IN PRACTICE
Have you ever wondered why there is a passing of the peace and why it is located where it is in the service? This text from Matthew, supported by what was found later in the Didache, is where it comes from. Some have attempted to move the passing of the peace to the end of service, but that is theologically inappropriate and removes it from its true phurpose.
The purpose of the Passing of Peace is to set aside any difference we have, and petty disputes or hostile feelings we have toward one another before come to the most Holy and Sacred presence of Christ at the alter of Holy Communion.