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 01, 2006

For Friday of the Thirty-Fourth (and Final) Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 21:29-33

Christian faith and baptism meet the end of the world and the coming of the kingdom in EVERY generation— in EVERY person who believes and is baptized.
Whenever any person is baptized, the world of old Adam comes to an end, and the kingdom of God in Christ receives a newborn citizen.
In baptism the guilt of Adam’s original sin is cancelled in us, while the Spirit of God our Father in Christ is given to us.
In the sacraments of Christ in the Church, the end of the world and the definitive coming of God’s kingdom are real, and have already taken place.
Nonetheless, the calendars of world history do not see it.
So, in teaching us to pray, the Lord himself tells us to ask for the coming of the kingdom— the coming that will bring with it the resurrection of the BODY.
Christ himself and his resurrection, as well as our salvation in him, are not only SPIRITUAL realities.
Christ himself, his resurrection and our salvation in him are also BODILY realities.
When we proclaim our faith with the words of the Creed, we not only acknowledge baptism for the forgiveness of sins; we also look for the resurrection of the DEAD— and the life of the world to come.
Until that takes place, we are to pray and keep vigil, living as those who have already died to the world.
We are to live for God and his kingdom— God who lives for us.
Here in the Eucharist we now celebrate, Christ our King and God has already died for us, and now invincibly lives for us.
We have no need to look for other signs that the world is coming to an end.
Here in the Eucharist, bread and wine and the world already come to an end.
In this sacrament, the kingdom of life and the living flesh and blood of Christ are real and present.
Here in the Eucharist, God is with us until the end of time.

That God Be Glorified in All


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