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 15, 2007

For Monday of the Second Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Mark 2:18-22

Being God in person and also truly a human being, Christ is the marriage between heaven and earth, between God and humanity.
Today in his Gospel he refers to himself as the Bridegroom.
He speaks of a day when he will be taken away.
That day will be a day for fasting.
Christian fasting is a memorial of the suffering and death of the Lord.
The life of the Church flows out of the death and the resurrection of Christ.
God considers the Church his Bride who gives birth to his children by Baptism.
God teaches us: that Baptism gives us the death of Christ and the resurrection of Christ; that Baptism inserts us into the death of Christ and the resurrection of Christ.
Along with that, God in his word even calls the Church not only his Bride but also his Body.
By giving us the Body and Blood of his Son, God is giving us the power for the same fulfillments that marriage gives—except that he wants to give us those fulfillments forever, not merely “until death do us part.”
This is because Christ the husband of the Church never dies.
As he gives his Body and Blood to his Church, Christ intends to raise his Church from the dead to be with him forever, to fulfill his marriage by giving eternal joy, eternal unity and eternal life.

That God Be Glorified in All


Blogger tara said...

Father, this is so beautiful, may I copy it to my blog site--so my pagan children will read it?

1:38 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Go right ahead!

8:31 AM  

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