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.

November 10, 2006

For Friday of the Thirty-First Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 16:1-8

Today the Lord tells of men, each twisted in some way.
A twisted steward squanders his master’s property, gets caught and is about to receive the boot.
As if that were not enough, the twisted steward then calls in those who owe his master, and he buys their favor.
He helps them twist the facts in their own favor by writing new promise notes with false, lower amounts, squandering his master’s property still more.
Then, the master also twists.
After first calling for the books from his twisted steward before booting him, now he pats him on the back for both dishonesty and additional squandering.
Then, Christ tops it off by telling us that twisted men of the darkened world are brighter at getting ahead in the world’s darkness than the sons of light are at growing brighter in the sight of Christ the Light of the World.
You and I are stewards of Christ our God, stewards of Christ and all his wealth that we swallow in the Eucharist.
We are in utter debt to God who creates, rescues and makes us holy.
We have not only squandered and we not only continue to squander the riches that God has entrusted and continues to entrust to us.
We are entirely unable to begin restoring what we have squandered.
Has God cancelled or at least reduced our debt?
Instead, he has done two things.
First, he took on and paid off the debt with his own life, suffering and death.
Then, by the most twisted of twists, he turned death into life, personally becoming the new creation of the human race and the final glory of the human race.
In his love, on his cross, in his resurrection, in the Spirit and in his Eucharist, Christ is the new promise note in person, in flesh and blood, squandering his very self on us again and again.

That God Be Glorified in All


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