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 27, 2006

For Wednesday of the Twenty-Fifth Ordinary Week of the Church Yeara

Luke 9:1-6

Today in his Gospel the Lord sends out the twelve apostles on a mission through the countryside.
He forbids them to take anything more than the clothes they are already wearing. No luggage, no money, no food, no supplies.
Moreover, he warns them not even to expect success, but simply to abandon any town that rejects them.
However, the Lord sends out the apostles supplied with something money cannot buy and the world cannot give.
What Christ gives comes from himself, from the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Christ gives these twelve heads of the Church the power and authority to overcome all demons, to cure diseases and to proclaim the kingdom of God.
That is all the apostles are to carry with them; and that is all they are to do.
It is infinitely more than enough.
Though they go materially empty-handed, the power, authority and mission Christ gives them is good news that touches both the created material world of bodily disease and health as well as the spiritual world of freedom and demonic affliction.
The power, authority and mission of the apostles frees men bodily and spiritually, because the power and authority are from God, the King, the Lord.
The apostles have nothing to carry or give except what belongs to Christ whose kingship and kingdom the apostles announce.
The apostles have handed down in the Church the same mission of power and authority they received from Christ.
All else in the Church derives from that mission or serves as its vehicle.
The goal of that mission is the glory of God and the eventual full freedom of both the bodies and the spirits of the royal sons and daughters of God.
The glory of God and the freedom of the children of God— freedom in body and spirit!
What we receive in the Church comes from Christ, belongs to Christ and is Christ— Christ offering himself for the glory of the Father and the good of our race.
Take and eat. This is my body.
Take and drink. This is my blood.
Do this in memory of me.

It is simple and clear.
If we do not resist, but we do as he commands, then God will make known in us and in our lives his power and authority, his kingdom, his kingship, his healing, his Gospel and his Holy Spirit.

That God Be Glorified in All


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