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 23, 2006

For Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

John 16:12-15

Today in his Gospel, our Lord tells us how he continues to work with the Church and to confirm the message he sends us to announce.
He continues to have many things to say to the Church that he did not say before he ascended from the earth.
These are things he speaks within us— things he speaks through the Holy Spirit that breathes within the Church and within us as members of the Church through the apostles.
Today in his Gospel, Christ explains that he has EVERYTHING that belongs to the Father.
EVERYTHING that the Father has is MINE.

Christ tells us that the Spirit of truth will speak, telling everything that belongs to the Father and Christ.
Christ tells us today that he has many things to say to us, but that we cannot bear them without having the Spirit of truth within us.
In fact, our faith— everything that we believe as Christians— is believable only to those who have the Spirit within them and who work with the Spirit within them.
Without the Spirit— and WITHOUT our cooperation— NOTHING the Lord reveals is bearable, tolerable or believable.
It is only because Christ breathes the Spirit into his faithful— only because of that gift can believers bear the many things— all the things— that belong to the Father and the Son.
All that belongs to the Father and the Son— all their love for each other and for us— all of it is carried within us by the Spirit of truth.
We could not bear it otherwise.
We receive the Father and the Son and the Spirit as a gift in baptism.
The same gift of God reaches out for us in the mystery of the Eucharist.
As he approaches now, let us BEGIN to submit— at LEAST begin— to let the entire mystery of the Father, the Son and the Spirit declare itself to us, within us and through us.
In this way, by our cooperation, the Lord will continue to work with us and confirm his Gospel through the lives we choose to live.
Otherwise we can bear nothing— nothing of God within ourselves, nothing of God for ourselves, nothing of God to give to the world.

That God Be Glorified in All


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