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 18, 2006

For Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

John 15:18-21

Today our risen Lord tells us that those who hate and reject him will hate and reject us because we belong to him.
Perhaps that will happen only if we remind them of him.
We belong to him.
He has chosen us.
He wants us to live our lives from inside his life.
If we do, then the world can recognize him in us.
If that happens, some may also choose to belong to Christ.
Some might not, because they recognize that Christ might ask more than they want to give.
For example.
Mother Teresa attracted many persons because she gave so much of herself to God, to the Church and to the poor.
On the other hand, some persons disliked her precisely because she gave more than they would ever want to give to God, to the poor, to the Church or to anyone.
Today Christ tells us, “I chose you out of the world.”
We are to live in him and remain in him.
As he hands himself over for us to eat and drink his own flesh and blood, he shows his own intention to live in us and remain in us.
In his Eucharistic Flesh and Blood, he still speaks to us the words of his Gospel today: OUT OF THE WHOLE WORLD I CHOSE YOU.

That God Be Glorified in All


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