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 26, 2006

For Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

John 3:31-36
Acts 5:27-33

Twice today, the testimony of God’s word tells us of the divine dignity of Jesus and tells us of the giving of the Holy Spirit.
First, through the Book of Acts.

The God of our ancestors raised Jesus
though you had killed him by hanging him on a tree.
God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior,
to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.
We are witnesses of these things,
and is THE HOLY SPIRIT WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN to those who obey him.


Then the Lord’s Gospel echoes the testimony on the divine dignity of Jesus and on the giving of the Holy Spirit.

THE ONE WHO COMES FROM ABOVE IS ABOVE ALL.

… the one who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what he has seen and heard….

For the one whom God sent
speaks the words of God.
HE DOES NOT RATION HIS GIFT OF THE SPIRIT.
THE FATHER LOVES THE SON
AND HAS GIVEN EVERYTHING OVER TO HIM.


This fact— THE FATHER LOVES THE SON AND HAS GIVEN EVERYTHING OVER TO HIM— this fact is the new light in which the disciples now know Jesus during the forty days after his resurrection and ever since.
Jesus is the Son of God.
He is the beloved of the Father.
He possesses everything that belongs to God.
Because of this, his Gospel asserts today that whoever believes in the Son and obeys him has eternal life.
What the risen Son of God has received without measure or ration from his Father, he gives in turn without measure or ration to those who believe in him.
We— by sin or virtue— we give measure or ration to the fruit of our own receiving.
Without measure or ration the Son gives to his believers the Father’s immeasurable life through the unmeasured power of the Holy Spirit.
Whoever believes that and obeys the Son has eternal life— life without measure or ration.
When God the Son came into this world as a member of humanity, he gave himself without measure or ration, not withholding himself from the human lot of suffering and death.
The death of Christ is the consummating sign that God is love unmeasured, unrationed.
The human death of God the Son is the confirming sign that he is “God-with-Us” even unto death.
By his resurrection as man of flesh and blood, he has taken our humanity even into his glory, into his eternity, into his divinity— beyond measure, beyond ration.
There is no limit to the communion of God with man.
Even sin is not the limit or measure of that communion; sin is its contradiction.
Here in his Eucharistic Communion with the flesh and blood of humanity, God our Savior is still and always “God-with-Us”— not by measure, not by ration, but in fullness and reality.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







2 Comments:

Blogger Bent El Neel said...

Hi
I saw your comment on David's blog and just dropped by to visit. It's a nice coincidence because I have just been researching the life of St Benedict, and posted about it on my blog.

Take care and God bless :)

10:58 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

God bless you! I came across your friend David's blog while looking for article's about the genocide against the Armenians. I posted an article on my other blog
[http://monkallover.blogspot.com]

http://monkallover.blogspot.com/2006/04/20th-centurys-first-case-of-genocide.html

11:36 PM  

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