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 14, 2006

For Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

John 14:21-26

Christ has drawn a full circle for us in the Gospel today.
God is inside the circle and so are we.
The circle starts with the teaching of Christ, the Gospel.
If we obey the teaching of Christ, he and his Father will live within us.
Then the Father will give us the Holy Spirit in the name of Christ.
Then the Spirit will teach us everything and remind us of all that Christ has told us.
As the Spirit teaches and makes present to us all that Christ has taught, we are back at the circle’s beginning: the teaching of Christ, the Gospel.
We have the same circle in the Eucharist.
In giving us his Eucharist, he tells us to obey it.
Do this in memory of me.

Do what?
Give up our own bodies and shed our own blood for the glory of the Father and for the authentic welfare of humanity.
If we obey the Eucharist, then Christ and his Father will live within us.
Then the Father will give us the Holy Spirit in the name of Christ.
Then the Spirit will teach us everything and remind us of all that Christ has told us.
As the Spirit teaches and makes present to us all that Christ has taught, we are back at the circle’s beginning.
Do this in memory of me.

In his Eucharist and his Gospel, Christ gives us himself as the means and the model for being obedient and becoming a dwelling place for the Father and for the Spirit.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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