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

April 10, 2006

For Tuesday of Holy Week

John 13:21-33,36-38
Isaiah 49:1-6

In the darkness of night into which Judas goes to betray the Lord— the same darkness in which Peter will deny three times that he even knows the Lord— there is a piercing shaft of light and glory today.
Today the Gospel and prophecy show us a Son basking and glorying in the love and mission he has from his Father.
Today the prophecy of Isaiah is a song Christ sings of himself.
The Father made of me a sharp-edged sword
and concealed me in the shadow of his arm.
He made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me.
I am his servant,
his Son, through whom he shows his glory.
And I am made glorious in his sight,
and he is my strength.
He has made me a light to the nations,
that salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

We hear the echo of that ancient prophet song in the Gospel today.
Now is the Son of Man glorified,
and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him,
God will also glorify him in himself,
and he will glorify him at once.

The resurrection of our Lord is glory in the sight of men.
His death on the cross is also glory— not so much in the eyes of men, but glory in his own eyes and the Father’s eyes.
Christ takes up his suffering and death as a song of love and thanksgiving he offers to the glory of his Father in heaven.
He himself offers his suffering and death as an image of his and the Father’s love for us.
Though he is risen in glory and immortal victory over death, he chooses to keep in his body the marks of suffering and death as a bridge and sign of his eternal solidarity with our present, mortal human condition.
We— though still liable to suffering and death— we receive already in the sacraments the marks of his glory and his resurrection.
Now in his Eucharist, he makes present for us all the beauty and glory of his undying, invincible love.
In his own real flesh and blood, God gives us to eat and drink of himself.
By the power of the sacraments— Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist— each of us becomes a prophecy, each of us becomes a Gospel.
At the end of time, when Christ returns to cover the earth with the glory of God, every one who is faithful shall fulfill today’s prophecy and Gospel.
The Father made of US sharp-edged swords
and concealed US in the shadow of his arm.
He made US into polished arrows,
in his quiver he hid US.
WE are his servants,
his SONS and DAUGHTERS, through whom he shows his glory.
And WE are made glorious in his sight,
and he is our strength.
He has made US a light to the nations,
that salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

Now are we glorified— the sons and daughters of God,
and God is glorified in us.

That is the truth we eat and drink.
It is the substance of all our hope.
It is the power and pattern for all our loving service.
It is both the mission and the destiny God graciously offers to us.

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(Today’s Preface for 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.
The days of his life-giving death and glorious resurrection are approaching.
This is the hour when he triumphed over Satan’s pride,
the time when we celebrate the great event of our redemption.

Through Christ the angels of heaven offer their prayer of adoration as they rejoice in your presence for ever. May our voices be one with theirs in their triumphant hymn of praise: Holy, holy, holy….

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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