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.

October 01, 2008

For Wednesday of the Twenty-Sixth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 9:57-62

As the Gospel opens today, we hear that Jesus and his followers are on a journey.
It is the Lord’s last journey to Jerusalem.
He knows what he is to do there, and he is set on it.
It is all for the Kingdom of God.
Today, Jesus demands that his followers commit to unhesitating, single-minded availability for the Kingdom of God.
Otherwise, as he tells it, they are dead among the dead, and are not “fit for the Kingdom of God.”
The surpassing fitness of Jesus for the Kingdom of God shows up in his self-sacrifice in Jerusalem.
The Kingdom of God in the world has its source and its summit in Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension, whereby he is one with the Father in anointing the world with the Holy Spirit.
While none of us might be literally on the road to the earthly Jerusalem, Jesus does expect that in all times and places his followers be a presence and a proclamation that God is king in their lives.
Here in his Eucharist, Jesus feeds us his fitness and his commitment.
If we dare to feed on his fitness and his commitment, we are all the more accountable to show its fruit in our lives, in all times and places.

That God Be Glorified in All


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