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.

August 12, 2007

For the Nineteenth Ordinary Sunday of the Church Year

Luke 12:32-48

What Christ says today is ominous, and St. Peter asks, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”
St. Peter seems to want to avoid the issue, because he asked his question right after the Lord said, “YOU also must be prepared, for at an hour YOU do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
My believer!
My disciple!
YOU, be prepared!
I am coming back when YOU do not expect.
Like a thief breaking into YOUR house,
I am going to surprise YOU.

The Lord is aiming his words at Christians.
He is putting out a challenge.
When St. Peter’s question appears to calculate whether the challenge is for disciples or not, the Lord answers him with something MORE severe than before.
If I, the Master,
return to find you behaving irresponsibly and offensively,
I shall punish you.
You shall receive a severe beating.

Today we have an uncomfortable and severe Gospel.
Just the same, let us keep in mind that God has promised we shall inherit the untold and endless riches of Christ.
Indeed, in the Eucharist of Christ today and everyday we eat and drink untold and endless riches in the Flesh and Blood of Christ himself.
The Eucharist is endlessly greater than anything else in creation.
As he entrusts his unspeakable wealth to us in his Eucharist today, let us also take to heart his Gospel today.
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.

That God Be Glorified in All


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