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.

December 18, 2006

For the Eighteenth of December

Matthew 1:18-25

The angel of the Lord commanded Joseph to fulfill the role of a father to the one who is “God-with-us” on earth.
You are to name him JESUS
[which means “God is salvation”],
because he will save his people from their sins.

As the husband of Mary, Joseph had the public, legal role of giving Mary’s child a name.
You are to name him JESUS [meaning, “God is salvation”].

The Gospel does not tell us of any other words Joseph ever spoke.
We may be sure nonetheless that he once said, “His name will be JESUS.”
With that one short phrase, Joseph is the first human being to sum up the Gospel.
His name will be JESUS-- “God is salvation”.

Joseph is the first man to announce the as yet unrecognized good news to Israel: THIS CHILD IS OUR SAVING GOD.
We worship the Divine Man-Child in his flesh and blood.
The Divine Man-Child is our saving God in his Eucharistic flesh and blood, swelling the world with salvation even now, as once he did the womb of the Virgin Mary.

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The Preface of the Mass for December 18-24

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

His future coming was proclaimed by all the prophets.
The virgin mother bore him in her womb with love beyond all telling.
John the Baptist was his herald
and made him known when at last he came.
In his love Christ has filled us with joy
as we prepare to celebrate his birth,
so that when he comes he may find us watching in prayer,
our hearts filled with wonder and praise.

And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven
we proclaim your glory
and join in their unending hymn of praise:
Holy, holy, holy….

That God Be Glorified in All


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