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 24, 2006

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

Luke 19:45-48

Right before entering Jerusalem and its Temple today, Jesus was weeping over the city’s blindness to the peace he wanted to bring it.
Now, he goes to the temple, takes it upon himself to drive out the salesmen, and dares to speak for God in the Temple of God.
My house shall be a house of prayer,
but you have made it a den of thieves.

Then, having purged the Temple of commerce, Jesus goes on to set himself up in the Temple every day by teaching the people and announcing his Gospel to them.
He is trying one last time to invite the people to receive true peace from him.
He proposes some things about the way to peace.
Prayer is one: “My house shall be a house of prayer.”
Another thing about the way to peace is the teaching of Jesus about the kingdom of God.
God’s kingdom is the final, peaceful reunion between God and humanity— in our thinking, feelings and choices.
God announces, makes possible and invites that final, peaceful reunion.
He enables and ennobles us for collaboration toward that goal.
The collaboration is both work and surrender.
God makes it all possible, but we labor to surrender ourselves to the possibility— to surrender our thinking, feelings and choices to peace with God.
Here in the Eucharist, Jesus who is God surrenders his personal flesh and blood to our flesh and blood.
This holy communion of mutual surrender is the Truth and Gospel that he wants to give us.
Furthermore, this holy communion of mutual surrender is also the Way to itself.
Finally, this holy communion of mutual surrender between God and us is eternal Life itself.
This holy communion of mutual surrender between God and us in the person of Christ— this mutual surrender is the truth, the way and the life.

That God Be Glorified in All


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