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 31, 2006

For Tuesday of the Thirtieth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 13:18-21

A mustard seed is smaller than the capital letter “O” in the ordinary text of a newspaper article.
Spores of yeast are even smaller.
However, after planting a mustard seed and mixing yeast into dough we get results far above and beyond the original size of the seed and the spore.
We receive Christ the King as we hear his Gospel, and within a fraction of a second the sound that we hear is gone.
We receive Christ the King in his Eucharist as a bit of food and drink that would normally not keep anyone physically alive for even one day.
However, the effect of Christ the King who comes to us in his Gospel and in his Eucharist can far outstrip all the power in the created universe.
It is up to you and me to let Christ the King spread his kingdom within us and through the lives we choose to live.
But then, it is NOT up to us to measure the results in our own lives or the lives of others.
We may see the results, but then again, we might not.
Surely we see results in the lives of the saints, and the Church publishes her awareness of the kingdom that has grown in the lives of her saints.
Yet God alone sees everything, even when no one else can or does.
God our King only asks us to be as available as food and drink set down on the table ready for eating and drinking.
He does so himself— truly and really— in his Eucharist.
The Great and Good King subordinate to rebels!
God All-Holy subordinate to sinners!

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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