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.

August 07, 2006

For Monday of the Eighteenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 14:13-21

The setting for today’s Gospel event is important.
John the Baptist has just been put to death, and Jesus receives word of it.
Even Jesus is in danger, and attempts to withdraw to an out of the way place.
Nonetheless, a crowd follows him there, and his compassion wins out again.
He begins to heal the sick.
He is setting the stage for another mysterious revelation of his Godly power and Godly ways.
God the Almighty reveals himself in the person of Christ as being meek and humble of heart.
God in Christ becomes poor so as to make us rich.
Today in this Gospel, Christ withdrew in the face of likely persecution and death.
Yet even in this situation, he, the persecuted one, stops to pour out for us his inconceivable wealth.
In one of his prophets [Is. 55:1-3] God gives us the following promise
and invitation.
All of you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
you who have no money,
come … eat!
Come, drink
without money and without price.
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in richness.
Listen, come to me;
hear me, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant….

The Eucharist is God’s promise to us.
However, since he calls it “The New and Everlasting Covenant”, the Eucharist is also an invitation from God to promise ourselves to him.
Unless we make such a vow as we receive the Eucharist, then our hearts, our minds and our lives are not open or able to receive authentically what God promises and offers in the Eucharist.
Both the Eucharist and Marriage are sacraments and covenants.
In both the Eucharist and Marriage, it takes two to make a Holy Communion.

That God Be Glorified in All


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