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 25, 2006

For Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 12:39-48

What Christ says today is ominous, and St. Peter asks, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”
St. Peter seems to want to avoid the issue, because he asked his question right after the Lord said, “YOU also must be prepared, for at an hour YOU do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
My believer!
My disciple!
YOU, be prepared!
I am coming back when YOU do not expect.
Like a thief breaking into YOUR house,
I am going to surprise YOU.

The Lord is aiming his words at Christians.
He is putting out a challenge.
When St. Peter’s question appears to calculate whether the challenge is for disciples or not, the Lord answers him with something MORE severe than before.
If I, the Master,
return to find you behaving irresponsibly and offensively,
I shall punish you.
You shall receive a severe beating.

Today we have an uncomfortable and severe Gospel.
Just the same, let us keep in mind that God has promised we shall inherit the untold and endless riches of Christ.
Indeed, in the Eucharist of Christ today and everyday we eat and drink untold and endless riches in the Flesh and Blood of Christ himself.
The Eucharist is endlessly greater than anything else in creation.
As he entrusts his unspeakable wealth to us in his Eucharist today, let us also take to heart his Gospel today.
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.

That God Be Glorified in All


Anonymous woHot said...

Father, thank you for your homilies. I have made them part of my daily reading routine.

Question: Why is the subject of confession not a popular one for homilies? Do you plan on preparing one in the near future?

5:32 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

It isn't my intention to avoid mentioning sacramental confession.

In my homilies I often mention sin and the need for repentance .

When Jesus first began his public preaching, his message was "Repent".

When he sent his disciples out to preach, he told them to preach repentance.

His final instruction before he ascended into heaven was that his Church should preach repentance in his name.

6:27 PM  

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