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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

September 05, 2006

For Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 4:31-37

Twice in the Gospel today, the citizens of Capernaum are reported to be astonished or amazed at the words of Jesus.
First, they hear him teach in their synagogue on the Sabbath.
They find authority itself in his words.
He is more than a homilist.
Then, they watch in amazement as he banishes an unclean spirit with a mere verbal command.
So they recognize that the authoritative word of Jesus also has power.
He is definitely more than a homilist.
In fact, the demon today has it exactly right, saying to Jesus, “I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”
The events in Capernaum today in the Gospel invite us to give recognition—OBEDIENT RECOGNITION— to the authoritative and powerful word of Jesus, the Holy One of God.
By our obedience we open the door to the power of Jesus in our lives.
No matter how sinful any of us may ever be, we are never unclean demons whom Jesus wants to drive out.
We are lost sheep, lost children, and Jesus, the Holy One of God, is in search of us.
By our obedience— perhaps even a lifelong labor of obedience— we offer ourselves to be met, found and saved by the power of Christ.
Every Sunday in the Gloria of the Mass, we echo what is said and done in Capernaum today.
Lord Jesus Christ
you take away the sin of the world
you alone are the Holy One
with the Holy Spirit
in the glory of God the Father

More by our obedient lives than by our words, may we ourselves fulfill for Jesus the last sentence of his Gospel we heard today.
His renown kept spreading through the surrounding country.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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