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 21, 2006

For Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter

John 15:26 to 16:4

Together with the Son of God we have two things in common: the human body and the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes we can hardly bear up beneath bodily illnesses, aches and pains.
Then comes death itself.
We can easily forget and doubt what Jesus has shown us about the body: that God empowers it to rise from the dead and sit beside his throne in glory.
For the time being the body suffers much.
Nonetheless, God holds it— he holds us— in high esteem, dignity and love.
For this reason, in the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, God has already begun to raise all human bodies to their surpassing dignity.
The body is one thing we have in common with Jesus.
The other is the Holy Spirit.
The Father and the Son are in communion with each other IN the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit is their unity.
The Spirit is their intimacy.
God pours the Spirit upon us, into us, through us.
If we choose to open up and hand ourselves over to God’s gift of the Spirit, we will speak willingly of Jesus to the world.
Jesus told us in his Gospel today:
When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify….

As Jesus gives himself to us today in his Body and Blood, he is as he forever is.
He and the Father are intimately one in the Holy Spirit.
In the Body and Blood of Christ we receive God’s own intimacy with himself.
May our lives testify to that intimacy and to the dignity it has already given us in the eyes of God.

That God Be Glorified in All


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