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

September 03, 2006

For a Wedding Mass

Jesús Benjamín and Christine Elizabeth
2 September A.D. 2006

John 17:20-26
Genesis 2:18-24
Ephesians 5:2a,21-33

Today in his Gospel, every sentence our Lord speaks is about

— our unity or union with Christ the Son of God;
— the Son’s union with his Father;
— our union with the Father through union with his Son.

This holy union is SPIRIT.
Recognizing that union, the Church voices her prayers through the Son who lives and reigns with the Father IN THE UNITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
If we are to grow in loving Christ and his Father, it will come from unity of the Holy Spirit.
Christ tells us today that this unity comes FROM and IN the Church of his apostles.
He speaks and prays today from the Last Supper, in the upper room, in the presence of his apostles.
Praying in the presence of his apostles— IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS CHURCH— he tells the Father:
but also for those who will believe in me through THEIR word,
so that they may all be ONE,
as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that they also may be in us,
so that the world may believe that you sent me.

Here and throughout his Gospel the mind of Christ is that union with God the Father comes to the world:

through his Son…
in the Spirit…

Christ prays that his Body, the Apostolic Church, may have union with God in holiness of the Spirit, so that the word of the Church may have believability.
Though the members of the Church may be sinful, though they may be lacking in credibility— Christ is nonetheless present and at work in them.
That is what he says in his Gospel today—

— on the very night that one of his twelve sinful apostles would turn him over to the authorities . . .
— the very night on which the sinful leader of his sinful apostles would lie three times to escape sharing Christ’s suffering . . .
— that very same night on which all twelve sinful apostles would run away.

NONETHELESS, Christ said of them what we heard today:
I have given them the GLORY you gave me,
so that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and you in me,
that they may be brought to perfection as one,
that the WORLD may know that you sent me

What moves men and women to Christian conversion is not the Church’s own credibility, but the personal GLORY of God in Christ— the Father’s GLORY that Christ has ALREADY given to his Church.
I HAVE GIVEN them the glory you gave me…
that they may be one…
that they may be brought to perfection as one

Ben— Jesús Benjamín— and Christine Elizabeth!
Your first names— your sacramental, Baptismal names— Jesús and Christine — together are a proclamation of Jesus Christ.
May your union in marriage also be a proclamation of Jesus Christ.
You are here today to vow to be one in Jesus Christ, in the “great mystery” and sacrament of marriage.
Here in his Gospel today, Christ has already been praying to his Father for the two of you.
Christ the King will soon rise from this altar as the New and Everlasting Covenant in Eucharistic Flesh and Blood.
You will give yourselves and your marriage to him.
Then, as he gives himself to his Father and to you this day in his Eucharistic Flesh and Blood, he fulfills what he has already declared in his Gospel.
I have given them the GLORY you gave me…
that they may be brought to perfection as one

The source and the goal of perfect unity in marriage is the glory of God in the Eucharistic Flesh and Blood of Christ the Bridegroom.
Benjamin and Christine!
Today and here, in the Covenants of Holy Matrimony and the Most Blessed Eucharist, Christ the King and his Bridal Church call and send you to be tabernacles of God’s glory and apostles of God’s glory.
Benjamin and Christine, by living your marriage, let the world know that we have a King.

That God Be Glorified in All


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