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 11, 2006

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

Luke 11:1-4

The Lord’s Prayer, like everything else in the Gospel, addresses two great side-by-side movements.
Side-by-side, or even coinciding, the two movements are: first, giving glory to the Father; and second, bringing men to salvation.
The first movement, glory to the Father: “hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.”
The second movement— salvation— starts with the words “Give us each day our daily bread.”
It continues by asking for forgiveness.
It reaches the height of its swing by asking for final victory.
The only part of this prayer that we in English have difficulty understanding correctly is “daily bread.”
The original Greek language of the Gospel does not really use the Greek word for “daily” in speaking of this bread.
Instead, it uses a word that means “above being” or even “above life.”
The bread that is “higher than life.”
The bread that is “more than the bread of this earth.”
Notice, then, the position of this bread in the Our Father.
It comes in-between: it connects the Father’s glory with our salvation.
Here at the altar, our Father is going to give us THIS DAY our “Bread that Is Higher than Life.”
It is Christ giving glory to the Father in self-sacrifice.
It is Christ giving salvation to men in self-sacrifice.
That is what the Eucharist is: self-sacrifice for worship and salvation.
If we receive it, we must live it, or else final victory shall not be ours.
We shall not have worshiped.
We shall not be saved.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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