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.

June 10, 2007

For the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

[My monastery celebrated “Corpus Christi” on the day the universal calendar of the Church indicated, that is, on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, last Thursday. By contrast, the local calendar of the Church in the United States transfers that solemnity to the Sunday after Trinity Sunday.]

Luke 9:11-17

Today in the Gospel, five loaves and two fish do not stand in the way of the Lord using them to OVERFEED five thousand men.
In a similar way, death itself and a sealed stone tomb were as nothing before the Lord rising in real flesh and blood.
Bread and wine are also as nothing before the Lord rising in real flesh and blood here on his altar.
Today in the Gospel, having only five loaves and two fish, the Lord OVERFEEDS five thousand men.
Afterwards there are twelve baskets of leftovers.
A sign from God— a sign about God!
Here in the Eucharist, Christ our God breaks his body, pours out his blood, and gives away his very self for us as food and drink.
Giving us HIMSELF, he gives MORE than we need— and not only what is good, but what is the absolute BEST, the HOLIEST, IMMEASURABLE AND WITHOUT BEGINNING OR END.
Here in his Eucharist, he overfeeds us.
This is a challenge and a paradox.
In the end, we receive what we need, and we are healed, fulfilled, and saved by receiving and participating in God SACRIFICING AND GIVING HIMSELF AWAY.
As the sons and daughters of God, we are made to be like God.
We are free, and it is in our nature— as God made us— to pour ourselves out like God, giving ourselves up, giving ourselves away.
Whether or not we are ready to do so, God still gives himself away.
Christ IS for US and for OUR salvation from the very beginning.
The Eucharist we offer and receive is God in Christ sacrificing himself, giving himself up, giving himself away: for US and to US— eternally overfeeding us at no final cost to our selves.

That God Be Glorified in All


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