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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

December 05, 2006

For Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Luke 10:21-24

Today Christ tells us he is the one in whom and from whom we can receive the full knowledge of God.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is
except the Father,
and who the Father is
except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

Christ Jesus as Son of God and as a man— he has and is full knowledge of the Father.
How may we come to know and experience Christ fully, so that we come to know and experience God fully?
God takes the first step.
He chooses those to whom he reveals himself.
He chooses those who follow his own example in Christ.
God the eternal Son chose to lower or humble himself by becoming a man.
As such, he can be understood—or known— only by the humble, lowly, open-hearted, childlike ones whom he always seeks and chooses.
He came and still comes to reveal to us himself, his Father and their shared Spirit of union whenever we open our hearts and empty them for him, to receive him in childlike simplicity and humility.
Even after God has taken the first step in making himself known to us, and after we have responded, it is he who fulfills, consummates and forever renews himself in us.
Nonetheless, God’s perpetual initiative requires our perpetual readiness and response.
Through the flesh and blood of the Son we receive knowledge of the Father and union with him in the Spirit.
That is God’s initiative.
For our part, we must have faith and open hearts, lifted up to the Lord in simplicity, lowliness, sincerity and truth.
The apostle St. Paul wrote for the Corinthians [1 Cor. 5:7,8] that:
Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed—
in flesh and blood.
Therefore, let us celebrate
with the unleavened bread that is sincerity and truth.

That is our mission and our salvation.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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