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.

November 03, 2007

For Saturday of the Thirtieth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 14:1,7-11
Romans 11:1-2a,11-12,25-29

For the second time this week Jesus says, “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
He said it Sunday when telling of two men praying in the temple— one humbling himself, the other exalting himself.
Today Jesus warns his fellow guests not to exalt themselves by taking the places of honor at a Sabbath dinner.
“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
God’s word in today’s first reading is about the exaltation of the children of Patriarch Abraham.
God had exalted them above all other nations to be his own.
Though some of the patriarch’s children do not accept the Gospel, in the end they will all be exalted, “as it is written”:
and thus all Israel will be saved....
... they are beloved because of the patriarch.
For the gifts and call of God are irrevocable.

Following the word of the Lord [today’s first reading], the Catechism of the Catholic Church [674] says:
The glorious Messiah’s coming is suspended at every moment of history
until his recognition by all Israel....
The full inclusion of the Jews in the Messiah’s salvation,
in the wake of the full number of the Gentiles,
will enable the people of God
to achieve the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
in which God may be all in all.

The final exaltation of the Jews will complete the exaltation of the Church.
Once the children of Abraham fulfill the Church, Christ will return.
Given God’s irrevocable gifts and call, “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Jesus says those words today at a Sabbath dinner, but he says them while speaking about a WEDDING BANQUET.
Throughout his teachings, the meals he talks about are often WEDDING BANQUETS— moreover the wedding banquet of the son of a king.
In the kingdom of Christ, God has wedded himself to humanity in a covenant.
All God’s covenants are in blood.
God in Christ sacrificed himself to shed new and everlasting blood for his new and everlasting wedding covenant with humanity.
He humbled himself, took the lowest place at the banquet, and gave himself up as both communion sacrifice and sin offering.
In the first reading, “as it is written”:
The deliverer will come...
he will turn away godlessness...
and this is my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.

Having humbled himself to take away the sins of the world, he has received exaltation in new life from the Father.
If we humble ourselves in memory of Christ, if we DO THIS IN MEMORY of him, our humility makes us available for the Father to exalt us with Christ.
The Eucharistic Bridegroom always tells us to humble ourselves.
“Do this in memory of me.”

That God Be Glorified in All


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