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 04, 2006

For Wednesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Mark 12:18-27

“God is not a God of the dead”— and because of this, our Lord can simply brush aside the silly question about a woman married and widowed seven times.
Certainly the resurrection from the dead will be a bodily resurrection.
Those who will rise from the dead shall never die again, and shall forever enjoy perfect completion and fulfillment, so that marriage and the bearing of children shall no longer be necessary.
In rising from the dead into the life of God we will be changed.
We shall have a completely different kind of fertility and fruitfulness.
Now in our present condition, physical fertility and the conceiving and bearing of children are also and already spiritual realities, spiritual events.
Our physical fertility and fruitfulness participate in and reveal God the life-giving Creator Spirit.
The fertility and fruitfulness of our bodies are real aspects of our being images and reflections of God the Creator of Life.
Yet, when we shall rise from the dead, marriage and the bearing of children shall be transcended.
God himself who is perfect and without end— God himself will receive and enter and fulfill everything that is in us.
He will receive and fulfill everything that we are.
Perfect, endless and happy fulfillment has been given to us as a seed at baptism.
We don’t fully see it; we don’t fully experience it— not until the resurrection.
Yet, it has really been given to us and is guaranteed by God’s promise in Baptism.
All who receive and obey the mission of celibacy in the Church are ambassadors and prophets who, by means of celibacy, testify to the Church’s faith in the resurrection— a faith pointing toward a reality that has already begun to be present in our lives and whose fulfillment is guaranteed by God himself.
The promise, the presence and the reality of the resurrection were given us at Baptism.
The same is given us at each offering and receiving of the Lord in his Eucharist.
In the Eucharist, God gives, plants and fulfills his promise, his presence and his reality in us.
In receiving the Eucharist, we likewise must give, plant and promise our lives for God.

That God Be Glorified in All


Blogger dilexitprior said...

Thank-you for posting this homily Father. It was very relevant and helpful. I've printed it off to read it through again later. :-)

(by the way, I really appreciate how your homilies always point us back to the Eucharist)

9:03 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

The homily occurs after the Gospel and before the Eucharist.

We do not receive the Gospel at Mass without proceeding to receive the Eucharist.

We do not receive the Eucharist at Mass without first receiving the Gospel.

So, the homily ought to always point to both the Gospel and the Eucharist.

The Gospel can explain the Eucharist.

The Eucharist can explain the Gospel.

9:42 AM  
Blogger dilexitprior said...

Thanks for your clarification. I suppose I should have said point "forward" to the Eucharist and "back" to the Gospel.

4:51 PM  

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