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 11, 2006

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

Luke 16:9-15

Today in his Gospel, our Lord tells us four proverbs about the practical use of this world’s goods.
The first of these proverbs teaches us honesty and faithfulness in all things great and small.
The second proverb amplifies the first.
If we cannot be honest and faithful in earthly matters, how can we be trusted with the holy treasure of the kingdom of God?
The third proverb is that if we are not trustworthy in dealing with the possessions of others, we will be denied what would have belonged to us in the kingdom of God.
The fourth proverb sums up the others.
Either we are the friends and servants of God by way of generosity, honesty and fidelity, or we are the slaves of greed and infidelity.
Besides generosity, honesty and fidelity in our use of the world’s goods, today the Lord also tells us that for the children of light who belong to God, there remains one other shrewd, necessary, mandatory and holy use of earthly goods.
That is to give them away for the benefit of others.
In this way we serve God and not something that is beneath our human dignity.
Anytime we receive a teaching from Christ, he has already shown us how to live it.
The Lord tells us, “I am the Way.”
He may teach us the way through the spoken words of parables and proverbs, but he himself is the way and the word of God.
The Eucharist is the way and the word by which he chooses to teach us.
Take these all of you.
Eat and drink them.
These are my body and my blood in the new and eternal covenant.
They will be given up and shed for you and for all
so that sins may be forgiven.
Do this in memory of me.

He does not give up mere external possessions alone.
He gives up his very self unto death to make an all-embracing covenant with us and for us, a covenant that breaks the brokenness of all other covenants, a death that kills the brokenness that is sin.
He makes this new and eternal covenant IN himself— even in his flesh and blood— but he does not make this covenant FOR himself.
This is my body that I give up for YOU.
This is my blood that I shed for YOU.

Then he makes the awful invitation that we should imitate him.
Do this in memory of me.

Do this with our minds full of him: give up our bodies and our blood for the good of the world and the glory of God our Father.

That God Be Glorified in All


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