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 01, 2007

For the Solemnity of All the Saints, 1 November

[In the monastery on the Solemnity of All the Saints, the abbot always presides at the “Liturgy of the Hours” (the Divine Office): First Vespers, Vigils, Lauds, Sext, Second Vespers, and Compline. He also presides and preaches at the Mass of this day. I wrote the following homily for a Mass I offered at a parish last year.]


Matthew 5:1-12
Revelation 7:2-4,9-14
1 John 3:1-3

Not all of us have biological siblings.
Not all of us have biological children.
However, every single one of us has a biological father and a biological mother.
Through them, each of us has a physical connection to the entire past history of the human race.
The Word of the Lord names Adam and Eve as the father and mother of the whole human race.
However, God who created us has come in the person of Christ to enter and join the human race.
Because he is God who made each of us, Christ who has personally entered the human race takes over the place of Adam and Eve as the beginning of the human race.
Christ is the New Beginning of the human race.
He is our new beginning spiritually.
He is also our new beginning physically.
When he lived and died entirely for the glory of the Father, Christ gave a new beginning of spiritual glory to the human race.
When Christ rose physically from the dead, he became a new beginning for our human bodies and spirits.
In his Eucharistic Flesh and Blood, Christ feeds us our own new beginning.
In his Eucharist, Christ is the new beginning of our bodies, our minds and our spirits.
We are baptized into God through the life, death and resurrection of Christ.
We are anointed with the Father’s same Holy Spirit that he shares with Christ his Son.
Together with the saints, you and I are children of God and children of Mother Church.
We have one faith, one Lord, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all.
As God sees it, the angels in heaven and the holy men and women who have gone to him before us— they are truly our siblings, cousins, uncles, aunts, parents and ancestors.
We have the saints as our family in heaven, and we are their family on earth.
One family of God— the Church Militant, the Church Suffering, the Church in Glory!
In Christ, the saints have the same new beginning that you and I have.
They live with the Lord in glory.
They are concerned to help and save us.
In the lives they lived on earth, the saints were mirrors of the glory of God— as you and I are also called to be.
The saints each had different gifts and missions on earth, as you and I do— but together with the saints we all have one reward in heaven.
Now in heaven, they already live with the Lord in glory— a glory that they pray we will see and enjoy for ourselves together with them.
We trust and celebrate that the saints are concerned for our salvation.
They pray for us to receive the forgiveness and love of God.
They pray that we might live the glory of God even now on earth.
The glory of God— we eat and drink it in the Body and Blood of Christ.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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