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.

July 15, 2007

For the Fifteenth Ordinary Sunday of the Church Year

[It is not my turn to preside at Mass today in the monastery. Here is a homily I wrote for this Gospel on another occasion.]

Luke 10:25-37

Today Jesus is telling us what we must do to inherit eternal life.
However, what is eternal life?
It isn’t just life that never comes to an end.
The eternal life that Jesus has in store for us also means joy that has no measure, knowledge without error, and goodness that never fails.
The Lord says today that to inherit that kind of life you must love God “with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind.”
That is work.
However, once we finally inherit eternal life, all of that work turns into enjoyment with all our heart, enjoyment with all our being, enjoyment with all our strength, and enjoyment with all our mind.
God is at work to see that we inherit that joy.
He asks us to work with him for our own everlasting benefit.
Part of working with God is imitating God.
He tells us to love our neighbors as he loves us.
The question that must constantly guide us as we meet our neighbors is, “What is in my neighbor’s authentic best interest?”
We must also constantly ask the same question on our own behalf.
“What is in my authentic best interest?”
As the sign and instrument of God’s interest in our welfare, he hands himself over to us in the form of food and drink— keeping us alive and growing.
In his Eucharist, God gives us his whole heart, his whole being, his whole strength, and his whole mind.
He is literally CONSUMED with giving himself to us for the sake of our joy and eternal life.

That God Be Glorified in All