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.

May 18, 2006

For Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

John 15:12-17

In our Lord today, we witness an intimacy of tender, mighty depth.
I have TOLD you everything I have HEARD from my Father.

The Father has spoken.
He has spoken his WORD.
The Father has given his WORD: his SON— the WORD that IS God.
The Son— GOD THE WORD— also has spoken.
God, Christ the Word, has spoken.
Christ has given his WORD— his SELF— to his disciples.
He has given them the WORD— the SELF— his Father gave him.
Because of this— as he tells them today— his disciples know what he is doing.
They know WHAT and WHO he says he IS.
So, now they are his friends— his intimates— not just disciples, and not merely servants.
They are his friends because he has chosen to give them his intimate truth, the intimate truth of his being.
Indeed, he has already told all his disciples that he is the Bridegroom.
He has given them the intimate truth of his being— the same intimate truth he received from the Father.
Out of this truth and intimacy that make them his chosen friends— within the gift of his own intimate truth— he chooses them to go and bear fruit.
Intimacy is fruitful, as the intimacy of husband and wife is fruitful in their bearing children.
You are my chosen friends.
I chose you to bear fruit.
I have told you—
I have given you—
every WORD,
every gift,
everything I have from my Father.
I have given you my SELF.
Whatever you ask the Father in my NAME
he shall give,
for I have given you everything he gave me.
I have given you my SELF.

The love of the Father and the Son for each other— that is the WORD that Christ speaks and the WORD that Christ IS.
The love of the Father and the Son for each other— that MUTUAL LOVE is now Christ’s command to us.
This I command you:
love one another.

In doing so, we do no less than reveal the love the Father and the Son have for each other and have revealed to us in the WORD that is Christ.
Christ is the WORD that is God.
He chooses us to hear him.
He chooses us to obey him.
He chooses us to eat and drink him.
Because of his choice, we are his friends and his collective Bride, the Church.
I have given you my WORD.
I have given you my BODY and my BLOOD.
I have given you my SELF.
I have given you ALL that I have received from my Father.

That God Be Glorified in All


Anonymous Candi the Oblate said...

Father - Are you planning on writing more on the covenant aspects of the Eucharist? I could really use some teaching on what a Biblical conenant is - the history, it's meaning, etc... and how it relates to the covenant of Christ's Blood. I ran across some crazy Prot sect that was all on about the "two gospels in the New Testament" , and something about a covenant relationship with God - nothing to do with a belief in the Eucharist. They have audio at:

3:05 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Maybe I'll write something for Corpus Christi.

Look up the Sinai Covenant ceremony in the book of Exodus. That's a start.

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Candi said...

Will do.

7:09 AM  

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