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 29, 2006

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

Luke 21:12-19

All this week, the Lord in his Gospel speaks of the extraordinary and unusual: persecutions, arrests and trials against believers when the end of the world approaches, and the return of the Lord is imminent.
However, there are two instructions in the Lord’s Gospel today that we must take to heart even in the midst of the ordinary, the usual, the seemingly unimportant or trivial, the daily, the banal, the common, and the regular.
Today the Lord says we are to be “giving testimony.”
He also says today, “By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
We worship God for the utterly free outpouring of his goodness and love in the wonders of creation and redemption.
We are to bear testimony to this worshipful faith not only in the dramas of suffering and martyrdom.
Our faith and grateful worship are most authentic when we invest even the small, ordinary and regular responsibilities and events of our daily lives with a simple and ordinary outpouring of ourselves, so that we become— in this small, simple and ordinary outpouring— the mirror images of God in his utterly free self-outpouring of goodness and love.
If we patiently and unselfconsciously persevere in this, we will secure our lives, take hold of our souls, and become what we are made to be: images and likenesses of God.
Here in the Eucharist, he spends and pours out the Holy Spirit upon our bread and wine so that they become for us the Body and Blood of his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who spent and poured out himself for the glory of his Father and for our salvation.
Let us persevere in imitating him in this, by gratefully spending and pouring out ourselves in the ordinariness of daily living, so that we may bear testimony as to WHOSE images, WHOSE sons and daughter we are.

That God Be Glorified in All


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