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 07, 2006

For Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Matthew 7:21,24-27

Today in his Gospel, the Lord tells us two things are necessary and inseparable.
First we are to hear his words, and then we are to put them into practice.
If we separate these two things, we end up with two dangerous stumbling blocks.
The first stumbling block is to hear the Lord’s words and do nothing.
When we stumble in this way we are easily swept away and lost.
If we hear the Lord’s words without responding in obedience to them, then we are effectively ignoring the truth and necessity of his words.
As a result, we empty our own words of truth, and we empty them of necessity, so that if we cry out, “Lord, Lord,” it is a useless UNtruth.
The second stumbling block is to do and act without first giving our attention, our minds and our hearts to the Lord in listening to his words.
If we act without hearing— and without praying so as to truly hear— we then act according to our own measure, and not according to God’s designs.
Christ is the Word, the Voice of God.
When we have not given the attention and energy of our mind and heart to God’s Voice, we cannot even honestly say, “Lord, Lord”— much less do that Lord’s will.
When we obey and do what we have heard from God in Christ, then we are building on rock— on the Rock that is Christ himself.
We become stones set in place upon Christ as our origin and foundation.
We are cemented to him and built up by the mortar of our own faith, obedience and love.
Such a house on such a foundation falls before nothing.
Christ himself has a foundation.
He has heard, listened, obeyed and acted.
He is founded and lives in the will of the Father.
He says and does nothing that he has not first heard and received from the Father.
He says and does nothing else except what he has heard and received from the Father.
He IS what he has heard and received from the Father.
Built on Christ, built in him, and built for him, we have a share, then, in his Father as well.
Here in the Eucharist, the Father with the power of the Spirit prepares for us an Anointed Bedrock and Living Mortar of love and obedience in the flesh and blood of his Son.
Here we are built out of Christ, and sunk ever more deeply in him, and raised ever higher upon him.
Here in the Eucharist, the foundation and the consummation of life beyond imagining, our salvation, our glory, and the fulfillment of our hope are already real, and already have their real presence.a

That God Be Glorified in All


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