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 30, 2006

For Monday of the Thirtieth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 13:10-17

Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath.

The Gospel says it was the regular custom of Jesus to worship in the synagogue on the Sabbath.
The Son of God regularly joined the people of God in the worship of his own eternal Father.
In the Gospel today, Christ is not only at worship in the synagogue.
He’s not sitting “in the pews.”
Rather, they have even invited him to teach during their worship of God.
He is “in the pulpit” as it were.
Here at Mass, we worship Christ not only on the Sabbath, but everyday.
Christ is present at Mass not only as the Divine Teacher and Savior that the Father sent to us.
Christ at Mass teaches and saves us by making present the eternal worship he has always given his Father.
Christ is also one of the worshipers at Mass.
In fact, he is the main worshiper.
You and I merely “insert” our IMPERFECT worship of the Father into Christ’s PERFECT worship of the Father.
Christ’s way of relating to his Father is simply worship— worship from all eternity without beginning, worship into eternity without end.
When he came to earth, he began to join in with the worship that human beings gave his Father.
However, his eternal worship did not intensify or fluctuate in any way during his lifetime on earth.
Rather, his life on earth simply made his eternal worship visible and present in flesh and blood.
St. Paul the apostle says:
Christ loved us and handed himself over for us
as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.

Christ is our savior precisely because as a member of our race, at the head of our race, in the flesh and blood of our race and in the name of our race, he entirely offered himself up for the glory of the Father.
In his very own self, Christ turned our sinful humanity into a total gift for the Father.
At the same time, he made himself into a total gift for us.
So, we can understand him as a “two-way” gift.
He is the human race’s perfect gift to the Father.
He is the Father’s perfect gift to the human race.
Through Christ, the human race, in all the glory God planned for it from all eternity, is present in the Eucharist as a gift for us and for the Father.
Our entire human nature is standing upright— whole, glorified and glorious in the person of Christ in his Eucharist.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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