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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

July 25, 2006

For the Feast of Saint James the Apostle, July 25

Matthew 20:20-28
2 Corinthians 4:7-15

St. Paul, an apostle like St. James, tells us today in his letter that an apostle is our “father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”
Christ told his apostles they would inherit eternal life and be judges over the people of God in the world to come.
St. James and all the other apostles serve as our fathers “in Christ Jesus through the gospel”.
As fathers already, as heirs of eternal life, and as judges in the world to come, St. James and all the other apostles followed the steps of the One who says today in his Gospel that he “came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The second apostolic letter to the Corinthians said to us today:
We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.

We are … always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.
For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

… the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus
and place us with you in his presence.

… may … thanksgiving … overflow for the glory of God.

Though we shall not see any of this with naked eyes until the world to come, Christ who is already enthroned in glory in the midst of the apostles— Christ even now makes all of this real and present for us in mysterious signs.
In the Body and Blood of Christ, we recognize the truth of St. Paul’s words.
The one who raised the Lord Jesus will … place us … in his presence.

May THANKSGIVING overflow for the glory of God.

St. Paul’s word is actually, “May EUCHARIST overflow for the glory of God.”
Helped by the prayers and example of St. James, may we, too, labor freely in the footsteps of Christ, that our choices and actions may be an overflow of the Eucharist— thanksgiving for the glory of God.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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