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 26, 2006

For Tuesday of the Twelfth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 7:6,12-14

Today in his Gospel, Jesus warns us not to be slack or complacent in our faith, not to presume that a blessed place in eternal life is automatic for us.
He gives us a stern and narrow view of salvation.
Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few.

With his whole being, Jesus wants us inside the gate “that leads to life.”
Today he simply warns us the gate is narrow.
He himself came in pursuit of us, and did not hesitate to take communion with us through the narrow and miserable gateway of our human suffering and death.
There is reason here for great concern; but there is no room for despair.
God himself has lived and died to make for us an open gate out of himself, an open gate into himself.
God wants us inside, but the way there is HIS way and none other.
Scripture [Rm. 8:28,30] says:
We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him,
who are called according to his purpose…
… and those whom he called he also justified;
and those whom he justified he also glorified.

This God who has loved us in Christ Jesus works for our good, calls us to himself, justifies us, and also glorifies us.
He “did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all” [Rm. 8:32].
Christ Jesus died,
yes, he was raised from the dead,
he is at the right hand of God,
he indeed intercedes for us [Rm. 8:35].

As we wait for his return, his intercession for us gives us reason to hope.
Within this very hour, with the Gospel and Eucharist of Christ, we are able to say to him,
We ate and drank in your presence.
You taught us.

However, we must constantly remain with him on the narrow way of his cross.
We must remain with him to serve, work and live as he did.
If we remain with him, then he can say to us in the end:
I have always known where you came from.
Come with me into the kingdom of our Father.

Let us rejoice in his goodness, his power and his promise, but let us be his faithful servants as well.

That God Be Glorified in All


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