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 10, 2006

For Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 13:16-20

Today is the twenty-sixth day of the Lord's Resurrection.
Two weeks from today, on the fortieth day of the Lord’s Resurrection, we shall celebrate his Ascension into the invisible glory of heaven.
In the Lord’s Resurrection and Ascension, he blazes the trail ahead of us.
Christ also calls and sends us forward into Resurrection and Ascension— just as the Father sent Christ into bodily Resurrection and Ascension.
This season gives us, among other things, an opportunity to renew our desire for the return of the Lord.
His return will also be our arrival, our own stepping over the border into Resurrection and Ascension.
With that as our faith and our hope, we turn to the Gospel by which Christ blazes the trail for us.
In these forty days of showing us his risen glory before his ascending to the Father, Christ unfolds in his Eucharist and his Gospel the nature and the meaning of his identity and his mission, as well as the nature and meaning of our identity and our mission as his disciples.
Today in his Gospel, he points to himself as God.
I am telling you … so that … you may believe that I AM.

Twice in his Gospel today, he also solemnly declares the communion between our identity and his, as well as the communion between our mission and his.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
no slave is greater than his master
nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.

Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever receives the one I send
receives me,
and whoever receives me
receives the one who sent me.

He revealed to us the same truth with the first words he spoke to his apostles on the very day of his resurrection.
“As the Father has sent me,
even so I send you.”
And when he had said this,
he breathed on them,
and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit….”

We are apostles— emissaries, missionaries, envoys— because Christ sends us on his behalf.
Christ, for his part, together with the divine Spirit, is also an apostle, emissary, missionary, envoy— whom the Father sends to us.
Our communion with Christ is the Spirit that the Father shares with Christ, and that Christ breathes for us and upon us.
This Spiritual Communion with Christ, his being the Son and his mission all invite our obedience and collaboration.
How do we learn and fulfill this mission?
The Church treasures the ways and means.
The sacramental liturgy is the highest and greatest of these.
It is also the source of all other ways and means.
Here, in the liturgy, we have the real PRESENCE, the real WORK, the real WORD and SPIRIT of God in Christ.
In the Eucharistic Sacrament and his Flesh, Blood and Gospel, we witness and commune with the identity, the person, the nature, and the mission of Christ.
Monks have an extension of the sacramental liturgy in the daily discipline of lectio divina, “divine reading”.
Alone with God, each monk reads the Word of God; and each monk allows God to read, judge, teach and send him.
Daily lectio divina invites the work of mindfulness and fidelity, together with a reverent spirit of worship and humble honesty.
It is the same with the daily sacramental liturgy.
Each day we come here to acknowledge, worship and receive Christ whom Father sends in his Holy Gospel, his Body and Blood.
Here, the fulfillment of our mission in Christ begins with the simplicity of mindfulness and daily fidelity, together with a reverent spirit of worship and humble honesty.
We receive Christ and the Spirit here.
In them, the Father receives us and the Father sends us.
He sends us to be ascension and resurrection in and for the world.

That God Be Glorified in All


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