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 22, 2006

For the Twenty-Second of December

Luke 1:46-56

In a wondrous paradox of nature, Mary gave human birth to her own CREATOR.
Under the hovering shadow of God’s power, Mary ever virgin became the human mother of the Son of God.
Just like Mary, the Church has received the veil of the Holy Spirit.
Under the same hovering shadow of God’s holy power, the Church in Baptism gives birth to us whom God himself calls his own sons and daughters.
Baptized, we are the children whom God has fathered and chosen.
We are the redeemed image of his Son our redeemer.
We are holy in God’s eyes, because he has given us his Spirit.
Out of nothing the Father created us.
Out of sin the Son has redeemed us.
Out of all creation, the Spirit sets us apart, consecrating us as God’s own holy possession.
We were nothing and have done nothing that the Almighty should have chosen to do this immeasurably great a thing for us.
Together with Mary, then,
let our souls magnify the Lord,
and our spirits rejoice in God our Savior,
for he has set his eyes upon the lowliness of us his servants;
all generations in the world to come shall call us blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for us.
Forevermore his mercy rests upon us.
He has exalted us, the lowly.
With good things he has filled us, who were nothing.
Ever consumed by his own mercy, he has saved us, his servants.

Two thousand years ago, Mary received the Savior, the Son of God, and with every fiber of her being she sang the joyous praises of God.
Only a soul of complete or great purity could say with simple truth: MY SOUL GLORIFIES THE LORD.
No sinner could make that claim directly and with such simplicity.
God himself by an angelic word makes that claim for Mary: HAIL, FULL-OF-GRACE!
Mary echoes the God-given claim: MY SOUL GLORIFIES THE LORD.
The graced purity that allows her to say that in simple truth comes to her from God.
Mary proclaims what God has done for her.
God my Savior has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me.

In the person of Mary, God has purified and prepared earthly humanity to give birth to its own Savior.
Today in the Eucharist, the Church and we in the Church continue to receive the Savior, the Son of God.
Though we are sinners— and since we are sinners— let all that is in us strive to imitate Mary, singing the greatness of the Lord, and rejoicing in God our Savior.

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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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