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 12, 2006

For Tuesday of the Tenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 5:13-16

Our Lord is telling us to be and to make a difference in the world— a noticeable difference.
Like salt in food, like light in a dark world, like a city on a hilltop, the difference we make should be both attractive and challenging.
How are we to salt the earth, light up the world and rise upon a hilltop?
Our Lord teaches us that the way of the blessed is mercy, purity of heart, peacefulness, holiness and justice.
The blessed so live for the sake of Christ that at times it may bring them revilement and persecution from the world.
The blessed embrace Christ so intensely, intimately and actively that he is the obvious salt, the clear flavor of their lives.
The blessed look to Christ for light.
They themselves, their lives and choices shine with the light of Christ— enough at least that others can notice it.
Christ is a light and a city on a hilltop.
He speaks and IS a sermon on a mount.
The living sermon that is Christ clearly tells us that none of the faith or morals genuinely upheld in the Law and the Prophets is abolished.
He forbids murder, adultery, divorce, retaliation and the swearing of oaths.
He urges us to love our enemies, give alms, pray and fast.
Christ did and lived all of these, and to live in him is to do the same.
Without them, we ARE like salt that has lost its taste, like a lamp that has been covered up, or like a hilltop city that has become so undeserving of attention as to be forgotten, ignored and practically invisible.
The blessed, the saints of Christ, draw the world to salvation and the worship of God.
Our mere presence here today is a sign that we believe and want to believe Christ who tells us to be his saints.
What we believe should guide what we do; and what we do should draw men to God.
He tells us, “…your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
We are blessed— we are saints if our lives simply attract others to give themselves for the glory of God.
Here now in his Eucharist, Christ approaches who offers up himself as the salt of the earth and the light of the world, here for us, for our salvation and for the glory of our heavenly Father.

That God Be Glorified in All


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