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 27, 2006

For Wednesday of the Twelfth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 7:15-20

Jesus is the only man who can raise his voice and speak out with perfect innocence, perfect worthiness, perfect truthfulness and a perfect right to do so.
He alone can condemn the sinfulness of others with no danger of hypocrisy.
He alone is free of all ulterior motives and free of all self-seeking.
Except for Jesus, every human being knows himself only partially.
Others may know or recognize some of our sins and our failings that we ourselves do not know, acknowledge or recognize.
Each one of us also has sins known only to God and our individual selves.
Furthermore, each one of us also has sins not known or recognized by ourselves or anyone else except God.
He tells us, “Beware of false prophets!”
We must also beware of BEING false prophets!
Whenever we come before the Lord to pray and to worship, we need to bear in mind that he sees and knows us infinitely better than we see and know ourselves.
He in his boundless purity and goodness has every perfect right to judge and condemn us who have turned away from him even more than we are able to realize.
Ironically, our ignorance is a partial contributor to our bliss and our salvation: God forgives us when we know not what we do.
He sees and knows us infinitely better than we see and know ourselves.
We were, are and forever remain nothing at all— if not for God.
He gains nothing by creating us … but we— who were nothing— gain everything, for he made us to see, know and love him.
In his holy eyes we are naked.
We are all sinners and false prophets to one degree or another, and God sees and knows all of it.
Here in his Holy Gospel and his Blessed Sacrifice, he himself comes to take away our sins, our falsehoods, our blindness and our ignorance.
He takes all of that onto his own back.
In return, he gives us his divine glory.

That God Be Glorified in All


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