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 27, 2006

For Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 21:1-4

The Lord is inside the Temple compound.
He calls our attention to a poor widow who has “offered her whole LIVELIHOOD.”
She is depositing her entire LIFE in the Temple.
As it was with widows in the Lord’s time, she probably survived by begging.
Still, she gave everything she had to the Temple of God.
What did she get out of that kind of sacrifice?
We have no indication that God repaid her with more success at begging.
Also, it seems no one else but Jesus paid any notice to her two small coins; so we cannot say that her generosity brought her a good reputation.
What did she get out of her sacrifice?
Her sacrifice stretched her trust in God.
Her sacrifice strengthened her spiritual freedom to not let any limitation shut her heart to the smallest and the simplest expression of her reverence for God.
You and I are also in “the temple” here and now.
Christ also has come.
Through his Eucharist he is here to drop his entire livelihood, his entire life, into what he considers his temple: us.
The Eucharist— for each of us barely the beginning of a mouthful— yet it is Christ giving us his all, out of both the poverty of his death and the immensity of his resurrection.
All of it.
How will each of us spend the treasure he gives to our souls?
Allowing it to make a difference— that is up to us.

That God Be Glorified in All


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