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 28, 2006

For Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

John 16:29-33

This is a thoroughly paradoxical teaching.
Today Christ says we will scatter and abandon him— but he will not be alone, for the Father is with him.
We may have peace in Christ— but he tells us we will still suffer in the world.
Christ was going to die less than a day after speaking these words— but still he said he has conquered the world.
What does he mean by “conquered the world”?
Is the world his enemy?
Both yes and no!
Much in the world surely opposes him.
However, Christ has come not to destroy the world, but to save and glorify it in himself.
Yes, Christ and the world are in opposition, and Christ was to suffer deadly destruction at the hands of the world.
However, Christ’s victory over the world that killed him was not by reciprocated destruction, but resurrection.
He rose from the dead still personally one with the flesh and blood of the human world.
However, when he rose from the dead in real flesh and blood, that flesh and blood were also vessel of the Spirit of God.
When he ascended bodily to the right hand of the Father in the glory of heaven, the world in his flesh and blood was not destroyed, but reached its highest destiny and dignity.
In the bodily ascension of Christ, the world of flesh and blood is no longer in opposition to God, but at home with him.
The Eucharist of Christ’s Flesh and Blood is the sign, the instrument and the real presence of all this good news.
It still looks, feels and tastes like the world of food and drink.
However, Christ has really conquered the way it looks, feels and tastes— without destroying the way it looks, feels and tastes.
Even in the Eucharist he comes in person saving the world, not destroying it, but bringing it into communion with himself.

That God Be Glorified in All


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