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 13, 2006

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

Luke 6:20-26

Our Lord is giving us a picture of disciples who are BLESSèd: holy persons who are also happy in the deepest and longest-lasting sense of the word.
The blessed keep in mind and take to heart that they own a real treasure in heaven.
They are grateful for that and for any real goods that life has already given them.
The blessed avoid self-pity and complaining, even when they suffer.
They avoid envy, greed and false means of self-enrichment.
Our Lord Jesus blesses those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
To hunger and thirst for righteousness is to practice zeal, devotion, piety, reverence, respect and justice.
It is to reject and refuse injustice and dishonesty— as well as cynicism.
Christ says those who weep shall be comforted.
It is a blessed thing to acknowledge real losses, not to deny them.
The refusal to mourn our losses can become the dangerous fuel for taking revenge.
It is hard to mourn, but it is an honest thing to do.
The blessed take to heart that God has made us for joy, and we shall have it to a degree and with a fullness that we cannot presently begin to imagine.
We can hope for it, and we can prepare for it.
At times, we might even catch a foretaste or glimpse of it.
For that, we need to remain patient and open; we need to live blessed lives.
It is a blessed thing to stand up and live for the authentic cause of Christ, and be willing to suffer injustice on his account.
Christ himself, the Son of God— ON OUR ACCOUNT— willingly chose to be hated, excluded, insulted and denounced as evil— ON OUR ACCOUNT— for us, for our salvation, for our happiness.
He comes to us here and now— the Lamb of God— to load our sins, the sins of the world, onto his own back, to take away the sins of the world, giving us in return his everlasting blessing.

That God Be Glorified in All


Anonymous Greg Long (Australia) said...

From time to time someone - and at this time me- should say what a valuable series of homilies, you present us with, Father.

Your compact writing style is crammed with deep themes presented in a very readable manner.

Thank you for your love,

4:54 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Thank you, Greg.

Part of my inspiration in preparing my homilies comes from knowing the character of the persons who may listen to them.

I can honestly tell you that I've gotten the most loving feedback when I've had the occasion to preach in the presence of persons who inspire me greatly.

As a priest, I also need laity to inspire me.

As for the readability-- that is a service to myself: I'm the one who must use the written text aloud. To that end, I don't assemble paragraphs, but keep each sentence distinct.

Thank you for your love.

5:32 AM  

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