One Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict

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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

March 30, 2006

For Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

John 7:1-2,10,25-30

Today in the Gospel, Jesus implicitly claims in public to have been sent by the True God.
He states his claim in a way that accuses the religious authorities.

The ONE who sent ME is TRUE
YOU do NOT know him
I know him
because I come from him
and HE sent ME

The religious leaders understood that the home of Jesus was Nazareth, and that he came from an ordinary household.
This was evidence for them that he could not be the Messiah.
Worst of all, this Nazarene accused THEM of not knowing the True God.
Christ was put to death for the offensive claims he made both about himself and against the religious authorities.
Yet, even his death is in God’s plan.
In the Gospel today, there is a sign of this deliberate plan in the words that speak of Jesus’ “hour” that “had not yet come”.
Because that “hour had not yet come”, the plotting authorities could not touch him.
When God eventually let that hour come, Jesus underwent death by crucifixion on a Friday.
Then, before three evenings had passed, he rose from the dead in fulfillment of the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
This profession of faith would have brought us death from the same authorities that plotted the death of Jesus.
The whole of Lent exists for that very profession of faith.
Good Friday of the Lord’s death, Holy Saturday of his rest in the tomb and Easter Sunday of his resurrection are just two weeks away.
Nevertheless, in a few moments we will have all the saving power and truth of those three days and more in the Eucharistic Flesh and Blood of Christ.
Having come to this altar at this hour for the Eucharist is already a profession of faith that Jesus is the Lord, the Anointed Prophet, Priest and King.
He is the Son of God.

That God Be Glorified in All


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