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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

April 03, 2006

For Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

John 8:21-30
Numbers 21:4-9

Twice today Christ points to himself with words that are the name of God.
You will surely die in your sins
unless you come to believe that I AM.

When you lift up the Son of Man,
you will come to realize that I AM.

The name of God: I AM THE I AM.
When you lift up the Son of Man,
you will come to realize that I AM.

Centuries before, God told Moses to nail an image of a fire-serpent to a wooden shaft.
Sinners whom God had punished with snakebite were to look upon the image and so be healed.
That was a strange foreshadowing of the truth that Christ speaks today in his Gospel.
You will surely die in your sins
unless you come to believe that I AM.

When you lift up the Son of Man,
you will come to realize that I AM.

After Christ was nailed to the shaft of the cross, suffered, died and was buried, then rose in glory, people did come to realize that his eternal name is “I AM THE I AM”.
Christ dead and risen is God Eternal in the Flesh and Blood of Man.
However, we do not need to crane our necks to look past the cross to find the glory of God.
The suffering and death of Christ on the cross are already the fiery sign of the True God come in the in the flesh and blood of our humanity.
As God makes an absolute gift of himself to us by taking personal communion in our own humanity, he does so without measure, border or limit.
His unconditional communion, even communion in death!
Our entire history and our entire nature are lifted up on the cross in Christ so that— almost unspeakably— God in our flesh makes himself the bridegroom of our death.
His unconditional communion, even communion in death!
Now that the border of death has proven null and void to the love of God, our own flesh and blood nature is set free to rise in the person of Christ— rise as bride to unconditional communion in the life of God.
Today in his Gospel he says to us:
You will surely die in your sins
unless you come to believe that I AM.

Today in his Eucharist, the One who calls himself “I AM THE I AM”— that One comes to us in our flesh and blood.
He comes with his perpetual offer of unconditional communion.
We can honestly approach God’s unconditional communion only by disavowing the condition of sin.
You will surely die in your sins
unless you come to believe that I AM.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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