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 04, 2006

For Saturday of the Thirtieth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 14:1,7-11

Jesus offers what we might see as a banal lesson on how to avoid direct humiliation when choosing a seat at a banquet.
However, he ends the lesson today by stating a universal principle.
Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.

Everyone including Jesus!
He came into our world first of all as a servant of his Father’s glory.
“Glory to God in the highest!”
That is what the angels sang at his birth.
Christ was born to give glory to God in the highest.
Secondly, Jesus made himself the servant of the human race.
Jesus is peace on earth to us— he is God’s good favor resting upon us, among us and within us.
For the sake of the Father’s glory, and for the sake of bringing us into peace with the Father, Jesus humbled himself, obeying the demands of justice, obeying for our sakes, obeying even unto death, death on the cross.
For humbling himself as a man, the Son of God received exaltation as a man: he rose from the dead.
By his cross, the Son of God fulfills honest humility in the name of the human race.
By his resurrection, he begins the exaltation of the human race.
His body and blood that died on the cross, his body and blood that rose from the grave, his body and blood that ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father— in all of that he is at the service of his Father’s glory and our welfare.
His body and blood!
Ever in his Eucharist, he humbles himself and exalts others.
He glorifies the Father.
He brings peace and favor to us.

That God Be Glorified in All


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