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 06, 2006

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

Luke 4:38-44

Today, for the second time in his life, Jesus speaks of his sense of mission.
because for this purpose I have been sent.

The first time he spoke this way, he was only twelve years old.
Did you not know that I must BE IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE?

His mission takes him in two directions.
First: to serve his Father.
Second: to bring the world the goodness of God the King.
Even on the day Jesus was born, the angels sang of his mission.
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace….

His double mission is the glory of his Father and the good of the world.
After he rose from the dead, his first words to any human being were about his double mission.
I have not yet ascended TO THE FATHER.
Go to my brothers and tell them,
“I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.”

It is a matter of life and death to search for Christ.
He gives us the greatest, boundless and endless good.
However, as he meets us, he also points BEYOND our own good and beyond himself.
He points to the glory of the Father.
Here in his Eucharist he feeds us with the greatest, boundless and endless good.
He wants to feed our hungry spirits, our hungry minds and also our hungry flesh and blood.
Even as he benefits us, he points BEYOND our benefit and beyond himself.
After he first gave the Church the greatest, boundless and endless good in his body and blood, he said he was not to drink with us again until doing so with us in HIS FATHER’S KINGDOM.
The Eucharistic flesh and blood of Christ is our greatest, boundless and endless good because it leads and calls us to peace with our royal, heavenly Father … TO WHOM BE GLORY IN THE HIGHEST.

That God Be Glorified in All


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