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

May 07, 2006

For Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 10:1-10

Today in his Gospel, Christ calls himself “the gate for the sheep.”
He also speaks of two other roles: the GATEKEEPER and the SHEPHERD.
GATE, GATEKEEPER, and SHEPHERD.
All three serve the sheep that follow Christ.
The goal is for the sheep to have new, abundant, everlasting life beyond what the world can contain or imagine.
If we settle for less, then we throw ourselves into what Christ describes as the sway of “thieves and robbers” who come “only to steal and slaughter and destroy.”
In order to receive new, everlasting, abundant life in God, we need to recognize his voice, listen to him, and follow him.
We see the NEW, ABUNDANT AND EVERLASTING LIFE in the resurrection of Christ.
God’s plan is for our bodies no longer to suffer any weakness, fatigue, disease, pain, disability, injury or death itself.
Such LIFE from God will banish all fear and sadness.
We shall grasp truth, reason and understanding with clarity and without mistake.
We shall arrive at choices and decisions without hesitation and without departure from truth, goodness, unity and beauty.
The life God wants us to have will echo with joy in every fiber of our being—our feelings, our thoughts, our choices and our bodies.
Unfortunately, sin presses on us.
It is hard to follow God on the road to heaven.
So God in Christ came down from heaven to join us, as it were, on the road to hell.
He never sinned— but he chose to pick up the entire weight and history of sin.
He willingly carried it with freedom and personal innocence, freely letting it press him unto death.
Having carried all the history and reality of sin into death, he left it there— he left sin dead.
He left sin so dead that the human body in Christ was free to rise from death no longer able to suffer anything.
He left sin so dead that the human mind and the human will in Christ are set free of all confusion and error, free to rise from death into no other experience outside of truth, goodness, beauty, unity and joy— and all of that without measure or end.
As he promised in his Gospel today:
I came so that they might have life
and have it more abundantly.

We have two choices here.
On the one hand, we can believe his promise and follow him through whatever work or crucifixion we might meet along the way of growing freedom into resurrection life in everlasting abundance.
On the other hand, we can doubt his promise and settle for less— but then we rob ourselves now AND FOREVER.
Here in his Gospel and here in his Eucharist, he asks us to make the choice.
I am the gate.
Whoever enters through me will be saved.

God in Christ gives us his Body and Blood as his new, everlasting, invincible alliance with us— the covenant that can free and raise up our bodies, our hearts, minds and wills— if we believe and say “Amen” to it in all the details of our daily lives.
Let us not waste the Eucharistic choice he offers us.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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