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 16, 2006

For Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 11:29-32

Christ is infinitely greater than Solomon or Jonah, and he made himself into a sign for the world by his suffering, death and resurrection.
Christ who suffered, died and rose is the sign to be announced to the world.
On the day of Pentecost, in his first public sermon, Saint Peter ended by proclaiming the sign of Christ.
This Jesus whom you crucified, God has made him both Lord and Christ.

When they heard this, the crowd asked Peter what they should do.
Peter answered.
and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

We may seek signs, but in his Gospel today Christ says, “an evil generation … seeks a sign”.
In the end, he offers no other and no higher sign than himself in his suffering, death and resurrection.
Saint Paul said simply, “We preach Christ— Christ crucified.”
What response to the sign does Christ expect?
Like the queen of the South, we are to listen.
Like the men of Nineveh, we are to repent— to turn our hearts and minds to God.
We must take to heart the words of St. Peter himself.
Repent … for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you shall receive … the Holy Spirit.

Likewise in the Eucharist, Christ gives us the sign of his suffering, death and resurrection.
Here in this sign, bread and wine pass away.
There rises from the altar none but Christ himself.

That God Be Glorified in All


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