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.

September 22, 2008

For Monday of the Twenty-Fifth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 8:16-18

The Gospel today begins where it ended on Saturday.
Jesus wants us to be among those who “have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.”
He wants us to welcome the Word of God with generous good will and to bear a great harvest of good fruit.
Today, as he continues, he says he wants our goodness to be a recognizable light for others.
So, we must ask ourselves if we are PUBLICLY KNOWN as enlighteners of the world or as darkeners of the world.
Today, Jesus pushes that question to another and deeper level.
Are we SECRET enlighteners of the world, or are we SECRET darkeners of the world?
He says:
there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.

When it all comes out in the end, Jesus wants to find lots of light in us, not just a little.
He says:
To anyone who has, more will be given,
and from the one who has not,
even what he seems to have will be taken away.

We must be on the watch against spiritual or mental sloth, apathy, carelessness.
It’s going to cost us effort— as he described it on Saturday, effort to bring forth “fruit a hundredfold,” because we hear “the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.”
Perseverance in little things and great things!
Here in his Eucharist, in the littleness of food and drink, Christ hands over and pours out himself, willingly embracing the greatness of his Father’s glory and our salvation, and willingly bearing fruit that is the Father’s glory and our salvation.
In his Eucharist, he calls us to do the same even a hundred times over.

That God Be Glorified in All