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 20, 2006

For the Twentieth of December

Luke 1:26-38.

On the night Christ was born, the angels sang of the two concerns that consumed the mind and heart of Christ on earth.
The first concern is the worship of the Father: "Glory to God in the highest!"
The second concern is the salvation of the human race: "on earth peace to men!"
Worship … Salvation.
Christ is perfect human worship of the Father.
Christ is God’s perfect salvation of mankind.
His perfect worship of the Father and his perfect salvation of mankind continue on earth through the power of the Spirit and the free collaboration of men and women.
By the power of the Holy Spirit and Mary’s collaborating consent, Mary provided conceived the humanity of God the Son of the Heavenly Father.
This is the pattern for the workings of grace throughout history and throughout our lives: a pattern of collaboration between the power of God and the free consent of human beings.
The power of God and the cooperation of human free will— these two always work together in all sincere worship.
These two always work together to bring us to salvation.
Christ is our salvation in flesh and blood.
By human birth and by his own intention, Christ was the salvation of our race.
He was the perfect worship of the Father.
His death was his final fulfillment of offering up the whole human race in himself for the glory of the Eternal Father, for us and for our salvation.
In Christ our nature and our bodies have risen and ascended to the Father in heaven.
In Christ the power of the Spirit overshadows us as the new sons and daughters of God.
By our consent and collaboration with the power of the Father, all of this can come to fulfillment in us according to the Word of the Lord.
Let him who is mighty do great things for us, even as he did them with the consent of the Blessed 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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