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 25, 2006

For Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

John 16:20-23

We know and experience that there is REAL reason in the present world for travail or labor, for sorrow and anguish.
Yet, three times today in his Gospel, the Lord tells us that sorrow, labor and anguish will turn into joy.
He does not tell us to go out and look for sorrow and anguish.
However, if the Spirit is to have room within us wherein to bring joy to birth, then we must— through faith, prayer and worship— prepare a willing and tender hollow within us that can ACCEPT sorrow, labor and anguish if and whenever they come.
In the very same place where sorrow plunges its blade, there joy sinks its root.
The human heart is both the field of sorrow and the seedbed of joy.
The Lord says to us in his Gospel today:
So you also are now in anguish.
But I will see you again,
and your hearts will rejoice

We must let the Spirit of God hollow out its place within us, so that the will of God be done … so that his kingdom come to birth within us— so that we may be ready for joy even now— joy in him— and so that we may be ready as well for the day of Christ’s return.
We have his promise in his Gospel today:
I will see you again,
and your hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy away from you.

On that day of joy, as he goes on to tell us, we shall have nothing further to ask of him.
Even now, he approaches us in his Eucharist wherein he gives everything without being asked.

That God Be Glorified in All


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your homilies are really poetic, I like that.


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Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

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