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 10, 2006

For Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 10:38-42

There is need of only one thing, and Mary has chosen well.
She sits at the Lord’s feet to listen to his teaching.
That priority makes service authentic.
Without that priority, our activity in service is anxiety-ridden, troubling and perhaps even misdirected.
None of our activity as members of Christ’s Church is rightly ordered if we do not first and always sit at the Lord’s feet to listen to his teaching.
Right practice and true Christian service must always first learn the teaching of Christ.
To put ourselves at the Lord’s feet to listen to his teaching is the one necessary thing.
On that blessed day when our service as members of the Church is complete, we shall sit forever at the feet of the Lord.
That blessed destiny is the same necessary and good portion that has never been and never shall be taken away from Mary.
Without it, there is no authentic Christian discipleship, no authentic apostolic service and no authentic growth in the Church.
The foundations and priorities of genuine Christian discipleship are prayer and attentive listening at the feet of the Lord, the Word of God.
This Gospel of Mary, the sister of Martha, sitting at the Lord’s feet and listening to his teaching— this Gospel has always been an inspiration and an encouragement for monks and nuns to spend hours daily reading the Word of God attentively and humbly.
Prayer and the word of God were also the soul and body of the ministry of the first apostles.
The apostles retained the priority of prayer and the service of the Word as their proper mission that could not be compromised, while they promoted but delegated to others the hands-on work of equitable social service within the Church.
As a result, Scripture [Acts 6:7] tells us:
the word of God increased;
and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly…
and a great many… became obedient to the faith.

Now, as we turn to the Eucharist, let us acknowledge the Lord in his Body and Blood— the “good portion”, the “one thing necessary”.
Let us learn from Christ in his Blessed Sacrament.
What he teaches and gives us as we sit at his feet in this sacrament shall never be taken from us, unless we ourselves ignore and neglect it.

That God Be Glorified in All


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