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 15, 2009

For Easter Wednesday

Acts 3:1-10
Luke 24:13-35

After the Lord’s resurrection, the Word of God shows that the first miraculous healing to happen in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean took place as told today in the first reading.
It happened at some time after Pentecost.
A man crippled from birth, whose feet and ankles did not work, who never learned to walk, who needed others to carry him from place to place— that man heard Simon Peter command him to rise and walk in the name of Jesus the Anointed One.
Immediately— without learning, without training, without practicing, without trial and error— the man was fully able to leap, stand, walk, and jump, because the testimony of Peter bore the authority of the name of Jesus Christ.
While the formerly crippled man put his body through the first workout of his life, he also worked his tongue in the grateful praise of God.
There is also a workout in the Gospel today, with Cleopas and his fellow disciple doing more than a half marathon from Jerusalem to Emmaus and back again.
A man they did not recognize had fired them up.
He broke open for them the meanings of all the Old Testament prophecies of the sufferings and glory of the Anointed One.
However, not until he broke the bread did they see that he was Jesus.
Jesus whom they knew had undergone crucifixion, death, and burial!
As soon as they knew him in the breaking of the bread, he vanished from their sight.
At once they went to take the news to the apostles and the Church back in Jerusalem.
However, before the two men could tell how the Lord “was made known to them in the breaking of the bread,” the Church gave them the testimony of Simon Peter.
“The Lord has appeared to Simon.”
“SIMON SAYS the Lord has truly been raised.”
Simon Peter’s testimony was enough to bind and loose the Church’s faith in the resurrection that first day.
For years to come the Church had no New Testament writings, but only the Old Testament plus the binding testimony of Peter and the other apostles.
No Bible beyond faith in the testimony of the apostles!
Besides apostolic teaching, one other thing gave the first Christians sure knowledge of Jesus after his resurrection.
That thing was the breaking of the bread.
The two pillars of the Church’s faith in the resurrection have come together in the Gospel today— two pillars that make known the risen Lord.
The one pillar is apostolic testimony from Simon Peter.
The other pillar is the breaking of the bread.
To this day, the Church of the Lord is bound to apostolic testimony and bound to the breaking of the bread.
By those bindings, the Church’s faith is loosed to know the risen Lord.
For the same binding and loosing, you and I have come to this place at this hour.
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon.”
The Lord is truly made known to us in the breaking of the bread.
We have as much reason as the formerly crippled man to join the apostles in the Temple, the Church, to consecrate ourselves to praise God in the name and person of Jesus Christ the Nazorean.

That God Be Glorified in All


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