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 13, 2006

For Wednesday of the Tenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 5:17-19

Christ forbids us to ignore or sidestep the smallest part of the letter of the law.
The law is the first step in holiness.
If we do not take the first step, then we are never on the road to holiness.
Yet even though we obey the letter of the law, Christ says that is not enough.
Without ever abandoning the law, our holiness must SURPASS mere legalism, or else we will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
What is to never disobey the letter of the law, while not getting stuck in mere legalism?
Christ himself is the answer.
By love unto self-sacrifice Christ both fulfills the Law and surpasses it.
By love unto self-sacrifice we rise to holiness that both fulfills the letter of God’s laws and surpasses mere legalism.
In his Eucharist, Christ himself obeys and fulfills every dot and dash of his own divine law of love.
God exceeds himself by pouring out his fullness and his Spirit, spending his body and shedding his blood to fulfill in himself his law of love.
The Law of LOVE given and personally fulfilled by Christ in the Eucharist is written not on stone tablets, but in the Spirit, Life, Flesh, Blood, freedom and obedience of Christ.
He died offering himself for the sins of the world, but rose from the dead in undying glory as our salvation and our eternal life.
Here in the sign of self-sacrifice is God’s exceeding wealth, glory and freedom.
Here is the command, the example and the power for all our perfection, completion, holiness and salvation.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

That God Be Glorified in All


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