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

October 18, 2006

For the Feast of St. Luke, October 18

Luke 10:1-9

Today in his Gospel, the Lord sends seventy-two missionaries ahead of HIMSELF to the places HE HIMSELF intends to visit.
When they reach their destinations they are to begin with the proclamation: THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND.
When they leave each place they are to proclaim again: KNOW THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NEAR.
Announcing the nearness of the kingdom of God, the missionaries were announcing the coming of Jesus himself.
That is the essence of the Gospel: Christ has come.
The Gospels are the voice and the presence of Christ who is God’s kingdom in flesh and blood.
When the seventy-two missionaries return rejoicing after successes in their mission, Jesus will tell them to rejoice that their names are written in heaven.
Through Christ, our names are written in heaven, and heaven is written into us.
The Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, has written Christ into our flesh, our blood and our nature.
That is good news indeed.
The good news we hear from the Gospel of Christ is the same that we eat and drink in the Eucharistic Flesh and Blood of Christ.
Here at Mass: the Holy Gospel and the Blessed Eucharist— neither one ever without the other!
In both of them, we have the promise and the presence of God’s love that transcends all the limits and possibilities of mere affection.
In the Holy Gospel and the Blessed Eucharist, we enjoy God’s ennobling and saving esteem for us.
Glory to God in the highest!

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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