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 17, 2006

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

Luke 17:26-37

So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.

Today in his Gospel our Lord speaks of his return.
Elsewhere, he says he will return in the glory that belongs to him, accompanied by all the angels to be enthroned as King of the world.
He will pass judgment on us according to our conduct.
He tells us he will say to some:
Come, O blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world!

To others, Jesus tells us he will say instead:
Depart from me, you cursed ones,
into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!

When our Lord speaks about his return, he makes clear it is going to happen as a sudden surprise.
We shall never know when it is going to happen, but should simply always be prepared.
Each of us might be able to go through life never having suffered in a battlefield, an accident, a terminal illness, or a natural disaster.
NONE of us shall escape the LORD.
How many of us are ready?
Every Sunday we stand up to profess our faith that Christ:
will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead;
and his kingdom will have no end.

One day, in the public sight of every continent, every nation and every city in the world, Christ the King will bring on the new heavens and the new earth.
However, the Lord’s Second Coming also arrives for us— one by one— at the hour of individual death.
There is another kind of perpetual Second Coming, a perpetual end of the old world, a perpetual arrival of the new heavens and the new earth.
In his Eucharist, the Lord— who sacrificed himself on the Cross— still offers up his body once broken and his blood once poured out.
In his Eucharist, the risen Lord gives us his glorified flesh and his living blood as food and drink.
In the mystery of his Eucharist, Christ is always the one who comes “again in glory to judge the living and the dead.”
Since we agree to eat and drink his Eucharistic Covenant, he expects us to live as bearers of his second coming in flesh and blood.

That God Be Glorified in All


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