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 10, 2006

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

Mark 3:1-6

The religious lawyers and the Pharisees are scandalized that Christ “works” on that day when the Law of God forbade work.
The Sabbath is made for man, and man is made for God.
The Sabbath is the day for man to give special honor to his maker.
It is also the day that reminds man to honor and obey God’s commandment of love.
So today in the Gospel, a Sabbath day, in a house of worship, we see Christ the Lord honoring God and his commandment by healing the man with the crippled hand.
On that particular Sabbath day, in a house of worship, Christ the Son of God was at work for that poor man.
Whenever we celebrate the Liturgy, God is at work, present for us in his Risen Son and in the sending of the Holy Spirit.
In the Liturgy, God is present and hard at work for us in the words of his Gospel and in the mystery of Christ’s Body and Blood.
In these, God enters this our Christian synagogue, and is present now at this our Christian Sabbath.
In his Holy Gospel and in his Blessed Sacrament, he calls out to us, “Come.”
As we stand before him, he then commands us to stretch out our whole being to him, so that here in the worship of God, our human nature is restored and made whole.
We are saved here in the worship of God.
Here God’s heart is open to save us.
He is looking to see if our hearts are open like his.
In fact, in the Gospel today, we see Christ our God looking into the hearts and minds of men and seeing HARDNESS OF HEART
Hard-heartedness towards the merciful goodness of the Lord, and hard-heartedness towards the misery of a neighbor.
As we receive God today in his Gospel and his Eucharistic Flesh and Blood, let us pray and work for the softening of our hearts, and for the ongoing conversion of our minds, choices and actions.

That God Be Glorified in All


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