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.

April 20, 2006

For Easter Thursday

Luke 24:35-48

Today we celebrate the bodily resurrection of Christ from the dead.
Today we are witnesses as he shows himself bodily to the first Christians.
He is risen, but with open wounds, wounds from nails and a lance.
If he is risen in victory over death itself, why does he not close up his wounds-- he who had the power to heal broken bodies and erase disease?
Wounded and dead for us, does the Risen Christ retain his wounds as signs of his communion with us?
We, too, are risen from the dead-- at least God already counts us so.
We, too, are wounded in spirit, or in mind, or in body or even in all three.
When Christ returns, will his wounds still be intact?
Maybe not.
When he returns, he will reveal the resurrection into which he has already planted us through our baptism, the sacraments, his Eucharist.
He will close up all our wounds.
He will wipe away every cause of tears.
He will give glory to our bodies, making them as his own.
Even now in his Eucharist, we are filled with his Holy Spirit, and are one body, one spirit in Christ.
In his Eucharist, the Risen Christ is still wounded, and his blood still flows, even though he is forever risen, immortal and glorified.
In his Eucharist our Lord and our God lets us eat his own flesh and blood to show that we are his living children.
Like the risen Christ, we still bear our wounds until he returns.
Let us take strength from faith in God's work, for Christ himself and his resurrection are for us to eat and drink.

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The Preface for this Mass (the "Easter Perspective" on the Liturgy of the Eucharist)

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We praise you with greater joy than ever on this Easter day, when Christ became our paschal sacrifice. He is the true Lamb who took away the sins of the world. By dying he destroyed our death; by rising he restored our life. And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven we proclaim your glory and join in their unending hymn of praise: Holy, holy, holy....

That God Be Glorified in All


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