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 03, 2006

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

Luke 9:51-56

Today the Lord’s Gospel declares that:
When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled,
he RESOLUTELY DETERMINED to journey to Jerusalem.

It is not clear whether the reference to our Lord’s being “taken up” means the Cross on the one hand or the Resurrection and Ascension on the other.
As our Lord resolutely sets his face toward Jerusalem, we recognize in the name of that city both the place where he was lifted up on the Cross as well as the place where he was raised up from the dead.
Yet, even now as the “Glorious One Risen from the Dead and Taken up into Glory,” the Lord’s human body is still resolutely set with the marks he received in Jerusalem.
The hands and feet of the Risen One still declare that he is also the Crucified.
In these wounds, these marks of death, we can recognize that, except for sin, he who was born of Mary in Bethlehem was and is everything that we are even unto our human suffering and death.
He knows us unto death.
Yet, these signs, these marks of death that he received in Jerusalem also proclaim that he is divine, that he is God.
For God is Love; and Love in the absolute is always the giving up and the giving away of oneself.
Once this God who is Love became a man of real flesh and blood, he revealed that he is God and that God is love by giving up and giving away everything that he is as a man— right down to the giving up and giving away of his own human life through the breaking of his body and the outpouring of his blood on the cross.
His hands, his feet and his side were marked in death at Jerusalem.
These wounds of God who is Man in Christ Jesus are the badges of his love for us.
He has resolutely set his face in the expression of his love for us.
The Eucharist as well is a sign that the Lord first gave us in Jerusalem.
It was also for this sacrament that the Lord resolutely set his face to go to Jerusalem.
In this sacrament of his body broken for us and his blood poured out for us, he reveals himself as marked and wounded with the signs of his love for us.
Through the Eucharist, he gives himself up and gives himself away to us and for us, since he is God who is love.
In our communion with God through the Eucharist, we, too, resolutely set our faces, choosing to be lifted up with Christ on the cross.
In God’s communion with us through the Eucharist, he, too, resolutely sets his face, choosing to take us up with himself in the glory of the Resurrection.

That God Be Glorified in All


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