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 18, 2006

For Easter Wednesday

Luke 24:13-35

Today in his Gospel we see the risen Lord unfold for two of his disciples the meaning of all that had taken place during “Holy Week and Easter Morning.”
He taught them while on the road to Emmaus; but his culminating explanation was at table, breaking bread.
The Eucharist is the sacrament of love unto death and resurrection.
In his Eucharist, Christ gives the deepest interpretation, the deepest meaning and the deepest fulfillment of everything revealed in Scripture.
The Eucharist— food and drink— is something more humble in absolute service than a slave.
A slave may bring food to the table, but the slave is not the food.
In the Eucharistic Food and Drink God reveals and gives his nature: love as sheer availability for the good of the other.
It is our origin and our destiny to be like God in the same willing availability.
However, sin conceals our origins, and stands in the way of human destiny.
In handing himself over unto death, Christ, God who became a man of flesh and blood like ourselves, put our flesh and our blood and our nature and our destiny back into the hands of God.
In Christ, our origin in the holiness of divine love and our destiny in the holiness of divine love have been given back to us.
In receiving the Lord himself in the sacrament of his real body and blood, we receive the breaking of our sins and the real presence of our own restoration, our own redemption and our own destiny in the holiness of divine love.
That is God’s plan in this sacrament and all sacraments.
That is the plan revealed by the Lord in his Gospel.
What he, the risen Son of God, has himself received from his Father, he gives in turn to those who believe in him.
He gives God’s own glory and his undying, immeasurable love and life— all given through the immeasurable power of the Holy Spirit.
Whoever believes this has eternal life.
WE believe this.
It is our faith, and we profess it Sunday after Sunday in the Creed.
It is the reality into which each of us is baptized.
It is the meaning of all that we see, receive and have in the liturgy and the sacraments, especially the Eucharist: that is, the Son— through the power of the Spirit— glorifying the Father and giving us the Father’s love and life.
Since we have received the gift of God himself, and are even now about to receive him in his Eucharist, each one of us is made into a living witness of the Risen Lord himself.
With full right— as well as full obligation— each one of us can proclaim in prayer and to the whole world the same Good News proclaimed by the two disciples who ran back from Emmaus: “We have seen the Lord, and we recognized him at the breaking of bread.”
Since we now approach the Risen Lord in his Blessed Sacrament, let us always be ready to live as men and women who have seen the Lord, so that the Lord can recognize himself in our lives.
We dare to receive the Son of God in his Eucharist.
Let us be ready to give ourselves to him in return, imitating his love with our lives, giving glory to the Father through the power of the Spirit.

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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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