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 24, 2006

For the Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist, April 25

Mark 16:15-20

As the followers of Christ, our work on earth reaches its goal because Christ has already reached our goal of being at the right hand of the Father in heaven.
What is the connection between Christ in heaven and us on earth?
The connection is as straight, unbroken, direct and immediate as flesh and blood.
When the Son of God rose from the dead, he kept his full share in our human nature, flesh and blood.
As he sits this very moment in the presence of the Father in heaven, Christ has our human nature, flesh and blood.
His glory in heaven lives within our human nature, flesh and blood; and our human nature, flesh and blood all live within his glory in heaven.
The Gospel tells us that on the day he rose from the dead, he gave the Holy Spirit to his disciples by breathing the Spirit right out of his own human lungs.
That is the work of Christ as he sits in heaven until he returns: Christ breathes the Spirit on behalf of all human nature, flesh and blood.
In the person of Christ himself, the Spirit of God fills our human nature, flesh and blood
This is not magic.
We remain free either to work with the Spirit or to refuse.
God will not do it without us.
Christ sits in flesh and blood at the right hand of the Father.
There he breathes the Holy Spirit on our behalf.
In his Eucharistic Body and Blood, Christ gives us the Spirit that he breathes.
We have in the Eucharist every reason and every power to go forward evangelizing in hope and without fear, announcing the news of Christ to the world with our words and our daily living.
The Gospel itself assures us today that the disciples…
went forth and preached everywhere, WHILE THE LORD WORKED WITH THEM

That God Be Glorified in All


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