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 23, 2008

For Friday of the Eleventh Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 6:19-23

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy ... but store up treasures in heaven”
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven IS theirs.”
To forego all things and myself for the sake of living in God allows me to inherit God.
God is the treasure in heaven.
“Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”
In what way is God treasure?
God’s uncountable richness is in giving himself away.
That is the opposite of wanting to have everything.
Because God simply lives by giving himself, those who are poor in spirit, those who do not have a grabbing spirit, those who instead have a giving, sacrificing spirit, they inherit God himself.
They deserve to be called God’s heirs: the sons and daughters of God who gives himself away.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven IS theirs.”
The self-giving, self-emptying, self-sacrificing spirit of God comes to us in his Eucharist.
In his Eucharist, God in Christ hands over and spills out himself for us in flesh and blood.
Before we do, the vessels of the altar receive the handing over of God’s self, and the spilling out of God’s self.
St. Benedict tells us monks to treat all the tools and goods of the monastery as if they were the sacred vessels of the altar.
The first tools and goods of the monastery world are the monks around us.
Our fellow monks are sacred vessels of the altar.
When we genuinely serve the authentic welfare of our brothers, we imitate God, we serve him, and we lay up treasure in heaven.
Then, on the last day, God will raise us up, and embrace us as treasure in the new heavens and earth.
His embrace has already begun in our own Flesh and Blood, since the Lord Jesus Christ in Flesh and Blood has ascended into the embrace of heaven.
As treasure in heaven, the Flesh and Blood of man sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
The same is enthroned in the Vessels of the Altar seated beside each of you.
The same wants to be treasured and enthroned in every choice you make.
The same wants to enthrone you by every choice you make.
Store up treasures in heaven, for you are sons of the King!

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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