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 05, 2006

For Thursday of the Twenty-Sixth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 10:1-12

This is the second time in nine days that we see our Lord sending out his disciples on a preaching mission.
First, he sent out the twelve apostles.
Today he sends out thirty-six pairs of other disciples.
He sends them ahead into every town and place that he himself is about to visit.
They are to announce in these places that the kingdom of God is near.
It is Christ himself who is near.
He is the nearness of the kingdom of God.
He is EMMANUEL, “God-with-Us.”
These thirty-six pairs of missionaries are scouts preparing the way for Christ.
If a town rejects them, they are to abandon it— nonetheless proclaiming as they leave that the King is near.
The Lord sends disciples ahead of himself.
Not only that.
He tells his disciples to pray for more disciples to share the work.
The harvest is abundant
but the laborers are few.

Throughout his twenty centuries, the Lord sends the Church ahead of himself, to announce that Christ the King is near.
The Church always prays for more heralds of the King.
This prayer is not just for vocations to the priesthood.
It is a prayer for an increase in the number of believers, who are all to proclaim with their lives the presence of Christ the King.
Even as a few specks of mere salt change the flavor of an entire dish, so the lives of Christians ought to make known in the world the presence of God-with-Us.
He sends all of us.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.

He, too, came as a Lamb in the midst of wolves.
He still comes as a Lamb in the midst of wolves.
He still is the Lamb of God, Christ the King in flesh and blood.
In his Eucharist he is God-with-Us.
He is a Lamb— and one sent to be devoured by wolves to take away the sins of the WOLVES.
We are wolves, for we are sinners.
It is the greatest of paradoxes that while our sins make us guilty of the blood of the Lamb, that same bloodied Lamb is the necessary price of our forgiveness.
The Eucharist is peace and joy incarnate whereby God in his flesh and blood is really with us.
Yet, if it is to be our peace and joy, it must also inspire us to constant repentance.
He tells us it is his body and blood given up and shed for us that our sins may be forgiven.
If he comes to us in his Eucharist, but we do not turn from our sins, then we are worse off than salt gone flat.
Then his final warning today against a town that does not turn to the kingdom of God shall apply to us.
I tell you,
it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.

To such a fate, proclaimed in the Gospel today, we have already assented by speaking the words, “Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.”
Christ the King— the Divine Word, Emmanuel, the Eucharist— the Kingdom of God is near.

That God Be Glorified in All


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