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.

January 19, 2007

For Friday of the Second Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Mark 3:13-19.

Today the Gospel tells us exactly three things the Lord plans for his apostles.
First: they are to be his companions.
Second: he sends them to preach.
Third: he gives them authority for driving out demons.
With these three intentions, the apostles share in the presence, the mission, and the authority of Christ.
The first apostles handed on what they heard with their own ears, touched with their own hands, and saw with their own eyes.
Because of what the first apostles handed on in the Church, we hold the Church and ourselves in the Church to be “apostolic.”
To be chosen by Christ for communion with him is to enjoy his communion with the Father.
The communion between the Father and the Son is the Holy Spirit.
We receive faith in God— Father, Son and Spirit— from the apostles.
From the Gospel, in all the sacramental mysteries, and from the Eucharistic Altar, we hear, see, and touch the same reality the first apostles heard, saw, and touched.
Christ has chosen each of us as truly as he chose the original twelve apostles.

That God Be Glorified in All


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