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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

November 03, 2006

For Friday of the Thirtieth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 14:1-6

There were many occasions when Jesus healed on the Sabbath day.
The problem was that people regarded healing as work, and God had forbidden his people to work on the Sabbath day.
Today Jesus asks those who silently accuse him of breaking God’s law:
Who among you,
if your son or ox falls into a cistern,
would not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?

On a similar occasion, Jesus asked his accusers:
Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath
rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?

On that occasion, and also today, no one gave him an answer.
What was the Sabbath day for?
After making the human race, God altered the created world by making an ordered garden in it to serve as the home of man and woman.
Then, oddly, God made an extra day, the Sabbath day, and gave it as a gift to the human race: a day to rest together with God, a day for communion with God.
Later, God positively commanded that the gift of the Sabbath day be kept and enjoyed.
People forgot God’s intention.
They had come to think of it as a “dead” day, a day for nothing.
They forgot that in the beginning God made the Sabbath day as a gift of communion.
As Jesus put it, the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
Today in the Gospel, it is the Sabbath, and Jesus wants to give a gift to a sick man.
Here in the Eucharist, Jesus wants to give certain gifts to those whose sickness is sin.
MY BODY
MY BLOOD
FOR YOU
THE NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT
THAT SINS MAY BE FORGIVEN

In his Body and Blood, Jesus wants to give us a new, everlasting covenant and the forgiveness of sins.
He wants to give us “covenant”— to be in communion with him; and when we sin against the union, he wants to give us forgiveness.
As we receive the gifts of his covenant and forgiveness today, let us carry them into all our moments of work and rest.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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