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 28, 2006

For Saturday of the Second Week of Easter

John 6:16-21

We meet Christ today in his Gospel walking on the waters of a storm-tossed lake to meet the boat of his frightened disciples.
He greets them with the same words he must have used over and over again each time he appeared to them during the forty days after his resurrection.
It is I.
Do not be afraid!

Two days ago in his Gospel, this One who commands us to have no fear told us that whoever believes in him has eternal life [Jn. 3:36].
What the risen Son of God, has received from his Father he gives in turn to those who believe in him, namely: God’s own glory and his undying, immeasurable love and life— all given through the immeasurable power of the Holy Spirit.
In this power, Christ ascended the cross with two intentions: to give grateful glory to the Father by the complete offering of himself, and to redeem us through the same sacrifice.
The Lord himself has declared that whoever believes this has eternal life.
WE believe this.
It is our faith.
It is the way, the truth and the life into which we have been baptized.
It is the meaning of all that we witness, receive and have in the liturgy and the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.
Here and now the loving Son of God— through the power of the Spirit— hands himself over to glorify the Father and fill us with the Father’s love and life.
What we now dare to receive, let us strive to return through the lives we live, giving glory to the Father, through the power of his Spirit and the love of his Son.

That God Be Glorified in All


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