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.

February 13, 2007

For Tuesday of the Sixth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Mark 8:14-21

We see today in the Gospel that the Lord’s own disciples did not get the meaning of his teaching and his miracles.
The twelve disciples had with them the one who had power to make bread come from heaven.
They might be concerned with lack of food.
He is not.
It is not that he doesn’t care.
Rather, he wants them to be concerned with something greater.
HE is the something greater.
He not only gives the crowds of thousands ENOUGH food, but too much.
It’s the TOO MUCH that he wants them to understand.
That’s why he asks his disciples how much was leftover each time he made food for thousands.
Both what he has to give and who he is go beyond earthly needs.
He WILL satisfy those needs, but even more beyond that.
The disciples have not yet come to understand or fully believe that Christ was something and someone more than human.
Human— yes— but more than that!
Enough bread for four thousand or seven thousand— yes— but more than that!
Christ is ready to recognize and remedy our poverty, our hunger, our deprivation, our limitations and our suffering.
And then, he wants us to open our hearts to even more.
As we come to Christ in his Eucharist, he is the Banquet from Heaven.
He is always infinitely more than we humanly expect.
When we say “Amen” to his Body and Blood, let our “Amen” be the sign of our willingness to go beyond our own needs, concerns and desires into the concerns and the will of God.

That God Be Glorified in All