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 16, 2006

For Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

Matthew 17:9a,10-13

The Lord Jesus and his disciples, Peter, James and John, are coming down from the Transfiguration of the Lord.
Elijah and Moses had both appeared in glory next to Jesus.
Jesus explains now that the mission of Elijah is the mission of John the Baptist, the new Elijah.
The mission is to restore the tribes of Israel in preparation for the day of the Lord.
John prepared the tribes of Israel by calling them to conversion from sin.
That conversion had already begun to take root.
However, as Jesus recalls today, not all chose to recognize John; and John suffered and died at the hands of men.
Nonetheless, the mission of conversion that John carried out had already taken root.
The preparations for the day of the Lord were fulfilled.
So now the mission of Christ the Lord shines forth— shining even bodily with the glory of heaven in the Transfiguration.
Just as in Christ personally, so also for us: God would have his own glory shine from our hearts and minds and bodies.
It will be so in the day of our resurrection if we have prepared for that final day of the Lord.
The preparation remains the same as in the work of John the Baptist: preparation by conversion from sin.
In the Eucharistic flesh and blood of Christ, the glory of God comes into our flesh and blood.
Through ongoing conversion we embrace that glory.
Without our conversion, the Eucharist is as fruitless in our lives as the mission of John the Baptist was fruitless in the life of King Herod.

That God Be Glorified in All


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