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

June 08, 2006

For Friday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Mark 12:35-37

Today in his Gospel, Christ does not deny that the Messiah should be a descendant of King David.
However, he suggests that descent from King David has less importance, because King David himself calls the Messiah by a title that belongs to God.
The LORD (God) says to my LORD.

The Lord Messiah is far greater than King David.
That is an echo of Christ elsewhere implying himself to be “greater than Solomon” who was king after David.
The Messiah is to be called “Lord”, and will be superior to Israel’s greatest king.
That was good news for those listening to our Lord Jesus.
Israel’s Messiah is to be greater than their greatest king and is to be called “Lord.”
For an Israelite that is good news, and the Gospel today tells us the crowd was delighted to hear it.
The Messiah being great Lord over even his own ancestors is a parallel of sorts to the Eucharist.
Wheat and grapes are born from the earth, the sun and the rain.
Human knowledge, human culture, and human hands take these fruits of nature and work on them to change them into new things: bread and wine.
Bread and wine are descendants, as it were, of both the natural earth and the knowing spirit in man.
But then in the Eucharist, the underlying realities of the bread and wine come to an end.
The bread and wine give way to the real body and blood of their LORD— the Lord of nature and of man.
Blessed is he who comes in the name AND WITH THE NAME of LORD.
Rightly do we say, “Hosanna to the Son of David, the king of Israel!”
Hosanna in the highest!

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







2 Comments:

Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

Father,

To echo a previous commentor, your ability to center on the Eucharist is a real blessing to your readers. Thank you. I can't wait to use this homily next year in class.

This post brings to mind a difficulty I have had in articulating Man's role in Creation for my adolescent students. When we study the Apostle's and Nicean creeds and consider God created EVERYTHING, the students can comprehend God creating nature (a waterfall, a tree, a mountain, a sunset, etc.), but "man-made" things prove to be a consistent stumbling block. "God makes the tree, but didn't a man make the chair?", is an example of their thought process.

So, how what terminology might you suggest in explaining Man's role. Is Man a type of "co-creator" with God? Using "Co-anything" with God makes me very uncomfortable. Is Man an "instrument" of Creation for God?

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Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

In the Hebrew language, in the Bible, the word "create" is something that only God does.

In that technical sense, man never creates. Man merely modifies what God has created. God creates "out of nothing." Man merely modifies.

We human beings "pro-create"--but that involves our physically passing on biological matter that we did not bring into being out of nothing. Furthermore, in procreation we have nothing to do with bringing into being the spiritual soul of the new child; God alone does that.

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