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

May 12, 2006

For Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 14:7-14

Today, Christ repeats his solemn assurance that those who have faith in him will not only do the same works he does, but will do GREATER works than his.
Yet, what Christian would ever dare claim to have surpassed the great work of Christ who is God?
However, doing GREATER works than Christ did is not to be our primary concern.
We also need to be concerned with WHY Christ worked.
What moved him ought to move us also.
His motive ought to be our motive as well.
Today he said in the Gospel:
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
Do you not believe that I am in the Father
and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you
I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father
and the Father is in me,
or else BELIEVE BECAUSE OF THE WORKS THEMSELVES.

Christ performed works in order to reveal the Father … in order to show us that he, Christ, is in the Father and that the Father is in Christ.
Christ dared to say, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father”.
That was the central scandal in Christ’s teaching.
For teaching that, he was rejected by many and put to death.
Our greatest work as followers and believers of Christ is to repeat the same proclamation: “Whoever has seen Christ has seen the Father”.
In order to see Christ, we depend on the testimony of those who saw him with their own eyes two thousand years ago.
We depend on the testimony those eyewitnesses, the apostles, handed on.
To hand on, to hand over— that is the meaning of “tradition”.
The Sacred Scriptures are a part of that tradition.
Those who saw Christ, and those who followed them, wrote down their testimony and handed it down.
The Scriptures are a sacred tradition handed down from generation to generation.
We don’t create new scripture for each new Christian generation.
No, we receive what has been handed down.
We safeguard it, and then we, too, hand it on to the next generation.
All of this is for the sake of seeing Christ and seeing in Christ the Father.
The disciples and apostles of the Lord have also handed down to us through the centuries the WORKS that Christ himself performed.
We are involved in one of those works right now.
Christ took bread, and gave it to his disciple, saying, “Take and eat— this is my body”.
In the same way he took the cup filled with wine and said, “Take and drink— this is my blood”.
That, too, is a scandal.
Yet, it is no less a scandal than for him, a man of flesh and blood to say, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father”.
Whenever we celebrate and offer the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist, we are doing the work that he did.
We are proclaiming that God is in Christ— Emmanuel, GOD WITH US; and that in Christ— who is OUR FLESH AND BLOOD— we are now in God.
He— in our flesh and blood— has ascended into heaven and sits— in our flesh and blood— at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
God sends us, then, to let others see us in God, and to let others see God in us.
That reality is up to God.
Either showing it or concealing it is great work that is up to us.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







2 Comments:

Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

I love today's Gospel readings. It shows again the great love between the Father and the Son! Jesus dared to say that whoever has seen Him has seen the Father but at the same time, He did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at but emptied Himself on the Cross!

Father, can we then say that whenever we receive Communion, God is glorified in us and it is up to us to show this glory through our actions and works, no matter how simple and subdued?

11:58 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Christ is always at work in his Eucharist.

It's up to us to meet him as collaborators.

1:08 PM  

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