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.

July 13, 2006

For Thursday of the Fourteenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

[I am away until Thursday, and am posting these homilies ahead of time.]

Matthew 10:7-15

Today in his Gospel the Lord sends the twelve apostles on a mission through the countryside.
He sends them out as materially well-equipped as beggars.
He forbids them to take anything more than the clothes they are wearing -no money, no food, no supplies.
Moreover, he warns them not even to expect success, but simply to abandon any town that rejects them.
The material outlook of this mission is discouraging.
However, the Lord supplies the apostles with something money cannot buy and the world cannot give.
What Christ gives comes from himself, from the Father and from the Holy Spirit.
Christ gives these twelve heads of the Church the power and authority to drive out evil spirits, to heal sicknesses and to preach the kingdom of God.
That is all the apostles are to take; and that is all they are to do.
To be faithful to Christ our Lord can be as simple as that.
Take. Eat. This is my body.
Take. Drink. This is my blood.
Do this in memory of me.

That, too, is simple and clear.
If we do not put obstacles in the way, then God can make known in our lives his power and authority, his kingdom, his kingship, his healing, his Gospel and his Holy Spirit.

That God Be Glorified in All


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You that You have posted your homilies ahead of time. I wish taht there were posted ahead of at least one day every time. Thanks.

12:20 PM  

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