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 28, 2006

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

Luke 21:5-11

Today in his Gospel, the Lord says the Temple of God in Jerusalem will be torn stone from stone.
That is what the Romans did about forty years after the Lord said so.
However, the Lord also used the tearing down of the temple as a symbol of his own death.
In the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments, the Temple is the home of God.
Because of that the Temple is also a place of worship.
Christ is the Temple of God, and so he is the place where God is to be worshipped.
He was torn down dead from the cross.
On the third day after, he rose from the dead.
When his stone tomb was torn open— stone from stone— it was already empty.
Christ the Temple of God in Person is no longer present in the same way as before.
When he returns, it will not matter if this building, a church building, a temple— it will not matter if this is still standing when Jesus returns to let us see him face to face.
Every Sunday we profess that he will return to judge the living and the dead.
The Lord tells us in his Gospel today.
Do not be terrified;
for such things must happen first,
but it will not immediately be the end.

See that you not be deceived,
for many will come in my name, saying,
“…. The time has come.”
Do not follow them.

The only one we are to follow is Christ who says:
This is my body.
This is my blood.

In sacrificing himself on the cross, Christ has chosen to shoulder the burden of divine judgment against sin, to carry it to the grave, his own grave.
In the resurrection of Christ from the grave, a new door has opened for all sinners.
To pass through that open door, we shall have to be willing even to be torn stone by stone from sin— torn away from sin.
That is a work Christ has already undergone for us.
Yet, we must freely follow.
He comes now, giving up his body for us, shedding his blood that sins may be forgiven.

That God Be Glorified in All


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