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 16, 2006

For Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

John 15:1-8

Today Christ tells us that his words, his teachings, are the Father’s tools for cutting out of our lives whatever is unclean, ungenerous, unproductive.
If we have never felt the Gospel cutting away at us, perhaps we have not been listening honestly.
If we do listen honestly, perhaps we feel that the Gospel surpasses entirely our natural abilities.
Our Lord knows that.
For that reason, he tells us today:
ask what you will—
it will be done for you.

We need to ask the Father to give us the fruitfulness that he wants:
ask what you will—
it will be done for you.
My Father has been glorified in your bearing much fruit

The fruit that we are to bear is really God’s own glory shining from our human weakness.
Remember: on the day of his resurrection, the signs he gave to confirm his identity were signs of weakness and brokenness.
The self-identifying sign the Risen One gave in Emmaus was BROKEN bread.
Later that same day, the self-identifying sign the Glorified One gave was to show himself WOUNDED in his hands, feet and side.
So it must be for us, his disciples.
We must let the Gospel make its pruning marks in our lives.
In his Eucharist, the Lord’s Body is present as broken for us, and his Blood is present as poured out for us.
Though he is risen from the dead in Flesh and Blood, he gives himself perpetually wounded by his own forgiveness of our sins.
Though we may be wounded for a time, let us dare to ask— as Christ tells us to ask— to be marked forever by his glory, the glory of the Father.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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