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.

June 03, 2007

For the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

The Sunday after Pentecost

John 16:12-15

[Again, this is another one of those solemnities over which the superior in the monastery always presides. Since I am not the superior, here is a homily I preached before in a parish.]

Today in his Gospel, Christ Jesus the Lord speaks of the three persons of God who work with the Church and to confirm the message God wants us to announce.
The Lord Jesus continues to have many things to say to the Church that he did not say while he walked the earth.
These are things he speaks within us— things he speaks through the Holy Spirit that breathes within the Church and within us as members of the Church through the apostles.
Today in his Gospel, Christ the Lord declares that he has EVERYTHING that belongs to the Father.
EVERYTHING that the Father has is MINE.

Christ tells us that the Spirit of truth will speak, telling everything that belongs to the Father and Christ.
Christ tells us today that he has many things to say to us, but that we cannot bear them without having the Spirit of truth within us.
In fact, our faith— everything that we believe as Christians— is believable only to those who have the Spirit within them and who work with the Spirit within them.
Without the Spirit— and WITHOUT our cooperation— NOTHING the Lord reveals is bearable, tolerable or believable.
It is only because Christ breathes the Spirit into his faithful— only because of that gift can believers bear the many things— all the things— that belong to the Father and the Son.
All that belongs to the Father and the Son— all their love for each other and for us— all of it is carried within us by the Spirit of truth.
We could not bear it otherwise.
We receive the Father and the Son and the Spirit as a gift in baptism.
At Baptism we hear the Church say, “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
The same gift of God reaches out for us in the mystery of the Eucharist.
As he approaches now, let us BEGIN to submit— at LEAST begin— to let the entire mystery of the Father, the Son and the Spirit declare itself to us, within us and through us.
In this way, by our cooperation, the Lord will continue to work with us and confirm his Gospel through the lives we choose to live.
Then each of us can say by the power of the Spirit that we receive in eating and drinking the Body and Blood of Christ:
EVERYTHING that the Father has is MINE.

That God Be Glorified in All