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

July 21, 2006

For Friday of the Fifteenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 12:1-8

From beyond memory, we have marked the passing of days in a repeating rhythm of seven, following the biblical book of Genesis.
Today is the sixth day.
It is the day on which the Lord God made the human race.
The second chapter of Genesis tells us that, after— AFTER— making man, the Lord God planted a garden.
“Paradise” is the Greek word for “garden.”
AFTER making man on the sixth day, God changed the world by planting a garden as a home for man.
Then, God changed the world a second time for man.
The first chapter of Genesis tells us that after making the human race on the sixth day, God changed the world again by making the SEVENTH day.
There did not have to be a SEVENTH day.
Yet, God made it, and gave it as a gift to the human race.
That is what Jesus reveals to us.
The Sabbath was made for man.

The Sabbath, the seventh day, was a day of rest on which God made nothing else, having completed the work of creating the universe and all life.
Yet, as the Son of God tells us, the Sabbath is also God’s gift to the human race.
The Sabbath was made for man.

The Sabbath is a sign that God intends all of time and the universe as gifts for humanity.
The Sabbath is a sign of God’s love for us.
Adam and Eve’s original sin trampled upon the universe of God’s gifts and God’s love.
In the death of Christ, the trampling is both consummated and undone.
In the resurrection of Christ, God has renewed, re-created and glorified the whole of creation and humanity.
Providentially, the resurrection was also in a paradise, in a garden.
However, it was not on the sixth day, not on the Sabbath, the seventh day, but on the first day of the week.
Yet, that is the most fitting day for creation to be re-made.
So, we celebrate no longer the Sabbath, not the seventh day, but the new creation, the resurrection, the Lord’s Day.
This is the day the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice in it and be glad.

Today in his Gospel, Christ affirms that he himself, the Son of man, is both Lord of the Sabbath and Lord of the very Temple of God himself.
I tell you,
ONE GREATER than the temple is here.

For the Son of man is LORD….

Here at the altar, we are in the Temple of the Lord.
Here, the earth and time both stand still and live for ever.
Here, the earth and time are consummated, fulfilled, renewed— and yet also step aside, giving way to Christ risen in flesh and blood.
The Eucharist is everything.
Source and summit,
creation,
atonement,
death and resurrection,
new creation,
paradise,
redemption,
salvation,
sanctification,
thanksgiving,
communion,
God and man.

No matter what day of the week today may be, here in the Eucharist, we may always affirm:
This is the day the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice in it and be glad.

The Eucharist, surpassing the former Sabbath, is also made for man.

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UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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