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 25, 2006

For Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

John 3:16-21

We hear today in the Gospel one of the most beloved oaths of God’s doting on the children of men.
God loves the world so much he gave his Son to die on the cross so that those who believe in the crucified Son of God may have eternal life.
The cross is condemnation that the Son of God takes on his own back so that the world may live forever rather than die from the condemnation that sin itself always contains.
The Son of God, his cross and his Gospel today warn us about our works, our chosen actions … whether they are wicked or they are for God.
We are the works of God.
He created us.
He has prepared good works in advance for us to live in as in a house [see Ephesians 2:4-10].
God alone gives the entire possibility and the entire ability to live inside the home of grace that he has built for us.
Yet he leaves entirely to us the choice of living there or not.
This home of grace that God offers to us is Christ himself.
Christ is the place, the event and the person in whom both God and the human race live.
Christ is both God and humanity living in one place, one event, one life, one person … one house.
Does the death of Christ on the cross represent a murderous divide between God and the human race, a collapsed marriage, a ruined home?
Christ’s death and resurrection are the event of God and humanity remaining faithful to each other even unto the sharing of death and into the sharing of resurrection.
The resurrection of Christ from the dead is God and humanity united to each other in a fidelity that both conquers death and cannot ever die.
THAT is the good work that God has prepared in advance as a home to share with us.
The resurrection is the house of grace that God has built in advance for us to inhabit with him.
That house— all the grace of the resurrection and the immortal communion of God with humanity— is present in the Eucharist.
Every possibility and every ability to live in communion with God belongs to us, because the True God who is also the True Man lived and made it so in his life, death and resurrection.
In his Eucharist, Christ lets us eat and drink all possibilities and all abilities for living in communion with God.
It’s up to us to use or refuse.

That God Be Glorified in All


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