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.

May 16, 2009

For Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

John 15:18-21

Jesus speaks today about the hatred we may get for being his disciples.
Beneath and behind his words is something beautiful, good, and true.
It is that God the Father has sent us God the Son, Christ Jesus, and that God the Son has chosen us to belong to God.
That is beautiful, good, and true.
Because the world does not know God the Father, and does not know the Father sent his Son, the world hates the Son for saying he is the Son sent by his Father.
The world hates the Son because of his words.
His words are true.
His words are the truth about God, and his words are the truth about man.
The truth about God and man is that God has chosen man.
In the beginning [Gen. 1:26,27,31] God said:
“Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness....”
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him....
And God saw everything that he had made,
and behold,
it was very good.

The truth about God and man is that God chose man to be in his image, after his likeness, something “very good.”
Let us mark well the steps of God’s way with man.
First, God had a plan; his plan was for man to be in his image, after his likeness.
Second, God made man according to his plan.
Third, God saw, he beheld, he passed the judgment that man was very good.
And God saw everything that he had made,
and behold,
it was very good.

He planned, he acted, he judged.
In God, there is no passing of time between his plan, his action, and his judgment.
You and I undergo the passing of time, but God himself does not.
God himself, his plan, his action, and his judgment are all at once and forever.
God has never ceased to judge that man is very good.
That is why God wants to save man.
Despite being very good in God’s eyes, man does even what is very evil.
God wants to save man’s “very goodness” from evil itself.
To do that, God does what he did in the beginning: he plans, he acts, and he judges.
If he had never passed judgment, he would never have judged it necessary to save man’s very goodness from evil.
Christ Jesus is God, he is God’s plan, he is God’s action, and he is God’s judgment.
That is why the world— especially our Western world today— hates Jesus.
Because he is God, because he is God’s plan, because he is God’s action, and most especially because he is God’s judgment, the world hates him— especially the Western world today.
Especially the Western world today increasingly hates judgment, hates Christ, and hates Christianity.
You and I receive that hatred if we truly show the truth of Christ to the world.
However, we also take part in that hatred every time we sin.
When we sin, we go against the truth of God’s saving plan for us, against the truth of God’s saving action for us, and against the truth of God’s saving judgment for us.
We now come again to the altar, where Christ gives himself up for judgment on behalf of us sinners, and sheds his blood that our sins may be forgiven.
In his Body and Blood, he wants to choose us again and again, as he did in the beginning.
Then let us again choose him, his plan, his action, and his judgment by which he created us and now he saves us.
He calls us always to turn away from sin.
Let us turn to God, and may he again see what is very good, now and forever.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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