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.

June 25, 2006

For Monday of the Twelfth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 7:1-5

There is nothing unique about our Lord’s teaching in his Gospel today.
We could get the same moral advice from any wise man or prophet, any guru, philosopher or flower child.
What is unique is that Christ our Lord is no mere wise man, no mere prophet or philosopher.
He alone in all the history of the world was a man without any degree of blindness in mind, morals or spirit.
He alone is the Son of God.
He is God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God.
Through him all things were made.
To save us from the blindness of sin and death he came down from heaven.
He who is God became a man by the power of the Holy Spirit.
There is the saving paradox of the Lord.
He was without sin, yet, in order to take away the blindness and guilt of our sins, he made them his own, and took them upon himself through the blindness of death, death on the planks of the cross.
His wounds heal us.
He removed the specks and the planks we ourselves had put into our own eyes.
He removed them by receiving them into his own eyes.
On the cross he willingly took our guilt upon his innocent self.
In exchange he bestowed his own innocence upon us through the resurrection of his body and through our resurrection by baptism.
This gift of his innocence is the word that has allowed us to be counted as children of God.
That was the Lord’s mighty work, and that is his eternal promise.
We may be painfully aware of our own spiritual blindness, our moral blindness, our physical blindness or other dark sufferings of the body.
Yet faith should always prompt us to be just as aware that the Lord has freely made these realities his own in his flesh and blood, in his suffering and death.
As the personal head of the human race, all human suffering belongs to him by his own choice.
Though we still bear the burdens of our blindness and sufferings, we may choose to see them as the “receipt” or “invoice” proclaiming that the Lord has already paid for our share in the glory of his own innocence.
This wonderful exchange is proclaimed, renewed and strengthened in us each time we receive the Eucharist.
In his Eucharist the Lord gives us everything that is his.
He gives us himself.
In his own death he destroys our death.
In his own resurrection he restores our life.
Nothing remains but to await his return in glory.

That God Be Glorified in All


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