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.

September 25, 2006

For Monday of the Twenty-Fifth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 8:16-18

The parables of the Lord often proclaim some truth or reality, while concealing somewhat the meaning.
Christ himself is the ultimate parable, for his glory and divinity are proclaimed and also concealed in the mystery of his human life, suffering and death.
The shining lamp of Jesus’ divinity was hidden beneath the darkest of beds: the grave.
In his own words in his Gospel today: there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.
So, in the resurrection from the grave, the lamp of Christ’s divinity is revealed.
Yet, even then it remains clothed in the mystery of his human flesh now glorified.
The Lord Jesus is a living parable risen from the grave, and he forever proclaims to us, just as he does in his Gospel today: Take care, then, how you hear.
Even in his Eucharist, the Lord is a parable … a parable in the signs of bread broken and wine poured out … a sacrifice offered in eating and drinking … our Creator giving himself as food and drink for his creatures … the invisible God who comes to us in sacred signs.
What we see, touch and taste in these signs can deceive us.
However, what we hear can be safely believed: THIS IS MY BODY … THIS IS MY BLOOD.
These are the words of the Lord.
Faith has given us ears to hear him.
Let us indeed hear him— and hearing him, let us further believe.
Hearing and believing, let us worship and glorify God.
We have come to this temple and this altar to do no less.
The worship of our hearts belongs to God not only here at the altar of this temple, but also at the altar and temple of ORDINARY DAILY LIVING.
Ordinary daily life is also a “liturgy”, a living spiritual sacrifice and an act of faith.
The more we give our ordinary daily living, our hearts and our minds so as to glorify God in all things great and small, all the more will the parable of Christ’s humanity and divinity be revealed and explained in OUR lives, revealed in OUR humanity.
In the measure we LIVE we shall also receive … and more besides.
The more we give ourselves to what faith tells us, the more faith will reveal and give to us.
To those who have, even more will be given.
From those who have not, what little they have will be taken away.

That God Be Glorified in All


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