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

April 15, 2006

A Second Homily for Good Friday in the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord

John 18:1 to 19:42

Now … and at the hour of his death— the death of Christ, what has changed?
What is new for me as his disciple?
What am I to do as his disciple?
What are you to do as his disciple?
There is only one thing the crucified Christ tells his disciple.
Behold, your mother.

Immediately, the Gospel of Christ tells us,
from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

As a disciple of Christ, I am to take up my own cross and follow him.
I am to obey and live his Gospel.
If I do that, then, as Christ would have it, my home— my life— is now to include his mother.
What is it to have his mother in my home, in my life?
Who is this Woman?
What does she do?
What does she say?
In the Gospel of Christ, she is the first witness of the misery of man and woman at Cana in Galilee.
She sees it, and she intervenes.
She already has faith in her Son, and she prays.
They have no wine.

If the mother of Christ is living in my home and alive in my way of life, then I too will be a compassionate witness to human misery.
I too will act from faith, and with prayer I too will bring Christ and the attention of Christ to the misery of men and women.
Like the mother of Christ, I too will stand with the servants of Christ and tell them:
Do whatever he tells you.

If I have followed my master to his cross, I will find his mother there, as the Gospel shows me.
The master will see and speak first to her, but only to tell her about me.
Woman, behold your son.

Then he will speak to me.
Behold, your mother.

That’s all he will say to me from his cross.
Then, if I follow his Gospel, and take her home with me from the hour of the cross, and let her live in my life, then the Gospel will be fulfilled in me.
The Gospel of Cana and the Gospel of Calvary both testify to the intervention of the mother of Christ.
The Gospel of Cana calls itself “the beginning of his signs”.
In the Gospel of Calvary, Christ says, “It is finished”.
In both places— the beginning and the finish— the Gospel testifies that the mother of Christ intervenes, and that the disciple sees the signs and believes.
The Gospel of Cana tells us that the signs of Christ are how he reveals his glory.
Imitating his mother’s compassion, faith, prayer and obedience, I too will join her in recognizing the signs of Christ by which he reveals his glory.
In his Eucharist that he gives through his Church, Christ who died on the cross for me comes to give me the covenant banquet of his glory.

That God Be Glorified in All


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