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.

October 27, 2006

For Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 12:54-59.

Today in his Gospel our Lord tells the whole crowd of people that they are all hypocrites.
They are smart enough to read the signs of the weather and to avoid penalties in their legal dealings, but they do not recognize in Jesus the presence of God’s key moment of salvation for all of history, all places and all peoples.
Christ Jesus is the ONE sign of the times— the one SIGN OF SIGNS— the one sign for ALL TIMES, ALL PLACES, ALL PEOPLES.
The apostle Paul puts it this way [Eph. 4:1-6].
… one Body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord,
one faith,
one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s Word— his Declaration of Salvation— became visible and real in human flesh.
Christ is the visible sign, the perceptible presence and the tangible reality of salvation for us.
The crowds in the Gospel today have the privilege of seeing the sign of Christ with their own eyes.
They can hear his actual voice ringing in their ears.
They can touch his physical body.
Yet they do not understand, interpret or entirely believe the sign of salvation standing before them in flesh and blood.
What about us?
We are two thousand years distant from the event of today’s Gospel.
We are several thousand miles away from the place in today’s Gospel.
Do we have fewer advantages than the crowd in the Gospel today?
Everything that the power of the Spirit made visible in the sacred person of Christ nearly two thousand years ago and several thousand miles away— everything has passed over now into other sacred signs.
The same Spirit, the same hope, the same call, the same Lord, the same faith, the same God and Father of all, the same Christ, the same salvation— everything— is present, tangible and real in the sacred signs of the Liturgy, the Sacraments and the Scriptures of the Church.
We are here now because of those sacred signs.
We are here to beg the power of God’s saving Spirit to work again for us the wonders of salvation.
By the power of the Spirit, God’s Word of Salvation for us is present HERE when the Scriptures and the Gospel are proclaimed.
By the power of the Spirit, God’s Word of Salvation for us is present HERE in the Flesh and Blood of Christ.
The one Spirit we receive at baptism gives us the power of faith that allows us in these signs to see, hear, touch, take, eat, drink and keep in mind the salvation that God sets before us.
We must have faith in these signs, for to have them without believing is hypocrisy.
Believing them, let us offer grateful worship.

That God Be Glorified in All


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