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 09, 2006

For Wednesday of the Eighteenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 15:21-28

In this Gospel, the sick girl’s mother is one of the Canaanites— who are foreigners, enemies, worshipers of idols.
The very first thing the sick girl’s mother said today was the acclamation, LORD, SON OF DAVID.
With that expression, she prophetically acknowledged Jesus to be the chosen Messiah, the Anointed One of the God of ISRAEL.
Lord, Son of David!

After that, her brave persistence in begging for help is only secondary.
Jesus came as the Messiah of the JEWS— God’s CHOSEN PEOPLE.
Every human being is able to become a Chosen One of God through the mercy of God and faith in Jesus as the Messiah promised to the Jews.
Today in his Gospel, Christ emphatically asserts that his mission was for Israel.
However, he fulfilled his mission by suffering and dying for Israel and for ALL of sinful humanity.
Like the Canaanite woman today, we also beg for healing, whether of body, mind or spirit, whether for ourselves or for others.
Christ carried our sins, weaknesses, diseases and our death; and he destroyed them in himself by his own suffering and death on the Cross.
He can offer us particular healings of body, mind or spirit.
However, those are merely crumbs on the floor compared to what he offers us in his Eucharist.
Faith in Christ offers us SALVATION: the privilege to eat at the table of the sons and daughters of God— and not as mere FOREIGN GUESTS, but as SONS AND DAUGHTERS brought to birth within Christ’s Body— NATIVE sons and daughters born of God through faith and baptism.
We might continue to pray for mere crumbs.
Yet God himself gives us the whole table— and his dining room as well.
In his Son Christ Jesus, God himself is the Open Door through which we enter.
God in Christ is the gracious host who serves us at table.
God in Christ is the Living Food and Drink set before us.
When we partake of this Banquet as God’s children with faith and fidelity, God gives us the gift of a full, undivided share in his own life.
In his Gospel today, Christ finally answered the Canaanite woman’s pleas for the healing of her daughter.
O woman,
great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.

In his Eucharist, he says to us “Let it be done for you even BEYOND your wishes.”
Let us at least begin to wish what GOD wishes.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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