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 30, 2006

For Saturday of the Twelfth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 8:5-11

Here in the Gospel we are witnesses of an encounter between our Lord and a Roman military officer who has come to beg for the healing of his servant who is paralyzed and suffering terribly.
The Lord speaks a prophetic blessing:
I say to you,
many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven.

So then, here WE are— you and I from east, west, north and south, here at the banquet of the kingdom of heaven.
Baptism and faith have given us the privilege to eat at the banquet of the kingdom of heaven.
However, we still await the final coming of the kingdom of heaven in the return of Christ our Lord at the end of time.
In the meantime, through the sacraments, the world already gives way to the kingdom of heaven and the return of Christ.
In the sacrament of baptism, we sinners die to Adam our father in sin, and we are born in Christ as sons and daughters of God.
In the Eucharist, the world of bread and wine comes to a real end, so that where once were bread and wine are now the real body and real blood of Christ.
Here at the altar of the Eucharist, we will be in the real presence of the royal banquet of heaven, and Christ our Lord will have already really returned.
Now we only wait for the day when we shall be like him in the glory of the resurrection together with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the saints.

That God Be Glorified in All


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