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.

April 18, 2008

For Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 14:1-6
Acts 13:26-33

In the Word of the Lord in the first reading, we hear the title, “children of the family of Abraham.”
The children of the ancient family of Abraham know there is ONE God, the LIVING God, the TRUE God.
LIVING and TRUE!
Today in his Gospel Jesus says, “I am the TRUE One, I am the LIVING One.”
I am the WAY
and the TRUTH
and the LIFE

He is TRUE God, LIVING God, and he is the WAY to God.
Jesus is the WAY to God, because Jesus who is God is also a man.
No one comes to the Father except through me.

The only WAY to the Father is to go the WAY Jesus goes, to do what Jesus does, to live as Jesus lives.
No one goes to the Father except by WAY of Jesus.
Here in his Eucharist, Jesus again and always shows us the WAY to the Father.
He gives himself as life-giving food and drink for the glory of the Father and for the authentic and eternal welfare of others.
None of us shall go to God except in the WAY Jesus shows, gives, and is in his Eucharist.
We, like Jesus, must give ourselves as life-giving food and drink for the glory of the Father and for the authentic and eternal welfare of others.
This WAY and this TRUTH are ONE PERSON, and so they seem singular, exclusive, demanding, and even elitist.
Some spurn ONE PERSON being the only WAY, ONE PERSON being the TRUTH.
Yes, there is a singular, exclusive demand in the claim of Jesus to be the WAY and the TRUTH, because there is a PROMISE in the claim of Jesus to be the LIFE.
Jesus says:
I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back again and take you to myself,
so that where I am you also may be.

He who is the LIFE has gone into the RESURRECTION, and has prepared it for us.
We are just over halfway through the Church’s yearly fifty-day embrace of the Passover WAY of Jesus in TRUTH from Death into Resurrection LIFE.
His Passover roughly two thousand years ago is also our Passover now and in the world to come.
I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back again and take you to myself,
so that where I am you also may be.

In Baptism, all the sacraments, and especially that of his Body and Blood, his Passover embraces us, and we embrace it.
We must, however, carry the embrace with honesty and courage into all the moments, places, and choices of our lives, not abandoning the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
If we abide in faithfulness, then, when the Father raises us up from the dead in his Son by the power of the Holy Spirit, the decree of the second Psalm will sound over us: “You are my son; this day I have begotten you.”

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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