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 08, 2006

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

Luke 14:25-33

The Gospel opens today with the report that great crowds were traveling with Jesus.
Then, as if Jesus were trying to scare away the crowd, he starts to tell them the exorbitant demands for following him.
He literally says his disciple must hate his own life and his own family.
A disciple of Jesus must willingly accept suffering.
A disciple of Jesus must be prepared to pay the complete cost of following Jesus.
If a man believes he cannot pay the price, then he ought not follow Jesus.
It seems too much to ask.
However, do not a man and a woman who have fallen deeply in love with each other happily promise similar, exorbitant loyalty to each other?
As he makes demands today, Jesus is speaking as God himself.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind
and with all your strength.

However, Jesus does the same for us.
By taking up his cross and handing himself over to us in his Eucharist, Jesus reveals to us that the Lord our God in human flesh and blood loves us with all his heart, with all his soul, with all his mind and with all his strength.
He gives himself exorbitantly to us.
Do we follow?
Do we reciprocate?

That God Be Glorified in All


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