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.

October 15, 2007

For Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Ordinary Week of the Church Year, and for the Memorial of St. Teresa of Avila, October 15

Luke 11:29-32

Christ says “an evil generation ... seeks a sign”.
In the end, he offers no other and no higher sign than himself in his suffering, death and resurrection.
Saint Paul said simply, “We preach Christ— Christ crucified.”
What response to the sign does Christ expect?
Like the queen of the South, we are to listen.
Like the men of Nineveh, we are to repent— to turn our hearts, minds, and wills to God.
In his Eucharist, Christ gives us the sign of his suffering, death and resurrection.
Here in this sign, bread and wine pass away.
There rises from the altar none but Christ himself.
St. Teresa of Avila reminds us that all God’s favor comes to us from the hands of Christ, through his most sacred humanity, in which God takes delight.
That is the gate by which we must enter into the great mystery of God’s plan for our salvation.
Saint Teresa of Avila says that:
Whenever we think of Christ
we should recall the love that led him to bestow on us so many graces and favors,
and also the great love God showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of his love.

We receive that pledge in the Eucharist.
Christ the King has come as member and head of the human race, anointing us with the Spirit from the Father, thereby making sacred, royal, and immortal our own flesh and blood humanity.
The sign and guarantee of this is that God the Son, lived as a man, died as a man, and rose as a man.
No other sign will be given, and no other sign can come close.

That God Be Glorified in All


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