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 30, 2006

For Wednesday of the Twenty-First Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 23:27-32

There is an important detail of the Lord’s personality, of his thinking and of his teaching that we Christians in the modern Western world do not like to call attention to or to pay attention to.
The Lord Jesus got angry, he spoke angry words, and he vehemently condemned hypocrisy and evildoing— as we hear in his Gospel today.
What we see today in his Gospel is only a small part of a longer harangue the Lord aims against the sins of the scribes and Pharisees.
In his harangue the Lord goes so far as to threaten them with eternal punishment for their sins.
Eternal punishment in hell is not an Old Testament idea.
Rather, it was the Lord Jesus who broke into history with the news that there is eternal punishment.
Hell is part of the NEWNESS of the “gospel”— the “good news”— from Jesus Christ.
However, hell is not “good news”.
The Good News is mercy, forgiveness AND ESPECIALLY EXPIATION.
Our sins have NOT been ERASED.
Our sins have been REWRITTEN with the Lord’s own Blood and onto the Lord’s own Body.
The price for sin— hell— has been expiated— paid for— atoned by the Lord himself.
That mystery of the Lord’s goodness and beauty is something real to be loved.
We worship and receive the Lord’s Goodness and Beauty in his Eucharistic Body and Blood.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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