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 24, 2007

For Wednesday of the Third Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Mark 4:1-20

With this parable the Lord is teaching us his expectations.
God has planted a seed in each of us.
The seed is both his Spirit and his Word.
He expects us to be “good soil”, freely receiving the seed, and working actively so that the seed grows, flowers and bears fruit.
He expects us to yield profit thirty, sixty or even a hundred times over.
God is looking for results.
He expects our lives to be fruitful for his kingdom.
In his grace he makes himself into the possibility of our meeting his expectations.
Both the possibility and the power come from God, yet “good soil” is not just passive.
Good soil freely works with what God has given.
God wrote his ways and laws into the nature of man’s mind and heart.
In the book of Genesis, God reveals that in creating us he breathes his own Spirit into us.
Moreover, by his own Holy Spirit, he became flesh and blood as a member of humanity.
Then, through his death on the cross, through his flesh and blood resurrection to glory, and through his Eucharist, God breathes, plows and buries himself ever more deeply into our hearts and minds, our bodies and our lives.
It is God that we bear like a seed within us; and if we freely choose to work with what God has given, then it is God himself who grows and blossoms and yields a hundred-fold in us.
However, by a wonderful exchange, it is our human nature that rose and blossomed divine in Christ’s Resurrection.
In the end, our salvation and our resurrection are the hundred-fold yield of fruit the Lord expects from us and for us.
The Eucharist is the real presence of all this.
It is Christ himself: Son of God, Son of man, Son of Resurrection—truly in flesh and blood.
As the risen bearer of the Spirit, Christ is the seed planted in our humanity, and Christ is the beginning of the ripe harvest that is our own glorified humanity— a destiny we take, eat, and drink in the Eucharistic humanity of Christ.

That God Be Glorified in All


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