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 16, 2006

For Saturday of the Tenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 5:33-37

Through Noah, Abraham and Moses, God repeatedly offered reconciliation to the human race.
That reconciliation is perfect in Christ.
Christ is reconciliation in person, because he is both God and man.
Even though the reconciliation is already perfect, God’s offer of it still must be met by our individual, personal acceptance and pursuit of reconciliation.
The reconciliation God offers is reconciliation with all of sinful humanity.
So as we approach God, we must each be reconciled with our fellow human beings.
The sin that divides neighbors is also a barrier to approaching God.
So yesterday our Lord told us that before we approach the altar we are to go and be reconciled with our neighbors.
Though we are unfaithful sinners, God is forever faithful in offering himself to us.
So yesterday our Lord told us that God’s eternal fidelity is the model for husband and wife in offering themselves to each other.
Finally, God’s faithful offering of himself to us is simple and true.
So today our Lord tells us to be simple and true.
Say “Yes” or “No”, and let it be simple, direct and true.
Today and these last few days in his Sermon on the Mount, our Lord is putting before us a final and eternal decision.
We either accept to be reconciled with God or we don’t.
God offers himself faithfully, eternally, simply and truly.
When Christ first taught about his Eucharist, he did so with the same language of fidelity, permanence, simplicity and truth.
My flesh is real food.
My blood is real drink.
If you do not eat my flesh
and drink my blood,
you have no life in you.

Some of his disciples would not accept what he was offering.
They left.
Our Lord offered no compromise.
He let them go.
When it comes to giving his word, his life, his flesh and blood, his Spirit— when it comes to giving himself, God never compromises.
God offers himself to us faithfully, eternally, truly, simply— even in flesh and blood.

That God Be Glorified in All


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