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 31, 2006

For Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

John 7:40-53

In two weeks we shall be commemorating the holy days of our Lord’s suffering, death, burial and resurrection.
This week in the Gospel, we have been witnessing the controversy that surrounded our Lord.
We witness the opposition that built up against him, going so far as plans to kill him.
Today in the Gospel is the final day of the weeklong Jewish feast of “huts” or “tents.”
The feast recalls that the Hebrews lived forty years in tents in the desert after escaping Egypt, and that God kept them alive in the desert by making water come out of a rock.
Today— the grand finale of the feast— Jesus has already stood up in public and shouted:
If any one thirst,
let him come to ME and drink.
He who believes in ME,
as the scripture has said,
“Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.”

Many of the people believe him to be a prophet and the Messiah.
Most of the public authorities do not.
You and I take a public stand every Sunday in reciting the Creed, whereby we profess our faith that Jesus is indeed LORD, the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One of God.
The catechumens prepare by the observance of Lent to join us at Easter in professing the faith.
We acknowledge baptism into the death and resurrection of the Anointed One, the Son of God.
We acknowledge prophetic, priestly, royal anointing by the Spirit through the death and resurrection of the Son of God
We acknowledge, we eat and we drink the dead and risen Son of God.
Good Friday and Easter are always here for us in the Eucharist.

That God Be Glorified in All


Anonymous Tomi said...

I'm glad I found your blog. I hope I'll read it regularly to be better prepared for daily mass. During the week there is usually no homily in my parish, so the readings quickly disappear from my memory, before I even star to think about them the mass is over (usually in 20 minutes or so).

3:15 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Sometimes I get around to blogposting a homily BEFORE the Mass or day it's for, and sometimes I don't get to it until after.

4:41 PM  

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