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 07, 2009

For Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 13:16-20

Easter Week 4, Thursday
During the forty days between his resurrection and ascension, our Lord undertook a kind of lectio divina (“divine reading”) for his followers.
He unfolded for them who he is and what his mission is, as well as who his followers are and what their mission is.
As we celebrate these forty days, we do especially well to come to the daily Gospel and Eucharist as the Lord’s “divine lessons” about himself, about us, and about his mission that he shares with us.
Today in his Gospel, he points to himself as God.
I am telling you... so that... you may believe that I AM.

Twice today, he upholds the oneness between who we are and who he is.
He also upholds the oneness between his mission and ours.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
no slave is greater than his master
nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.

Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever receives the one I send
receives me,
and whoever receives me
receives the one who sent me.

He gave his apostles the same truth on the day he rose from the dead.
“As the Father has sent me,
even so I send you.”
And when he had said this,
he breathed on them,
and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit....”

Christ sends us to be his apostles— emissaries, envoys, missionaries, or spokesmen.
Christ and the Holy Spirit are also apostles, emissaries, envoys, missionaries, or spokesmen the Father sends to us.
Our oneness with Christ is the Spirit who is also the oneness of the Father with Christ.
By the will of his Father, Christ breathes their Spirit of oneness for us and upon us.
The Spirit moves us to be one with Christ as obedient sons of God, and to be one with Christ in undertaking
his mission.
The deepest, highest, and greatest way to fulfill this mission is in the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the other sacraments.
The Liturgy is also the power source for all other ways of fulfilling the mission of Christ.
As the Second Vatican Council put it [The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10]:
the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed;
it is also the fount from which all her power flows.

The real PRESENCE, the real WORK, the real WORD and SPIRIT of God in Christ are all here in the Liturgy.
Here in the Liturgy, through the Gospel and through the Body and Blood of Christ, we witness and become one with Christ, with who he is, what he is, and what he does.
As monks, we stretch out the Liturgy not only by undertaking the Church’s public prayers throughout the hours of the day, but also by our personal, private work of lectio divina, “divine reading.”
Each monk privately reads the Word of God; and allows God to read him, to judge, teach, and send him.
A monk’s private lectio divina and his partaking in the public liturgy both call him to mindfulness, faithfulness, reverence, worship, humility, and honesty.
Here we acknowledge, worship and receive Christ whom Father sends in his Gospel and his Eucharist.
It is here that we can begin to fulfill the mission of Christ by the work of simplicity, mindfulness, daily faithfulness, reverence, worship, humility, and honesty.
Christ and the Spirit come to us here.
Here, through, with, and in Christ, in the oneness of the Holy Spirit, the Father receives us and sends us for his own glory, for the good of the world, and for the joy of all in heaven and earth.

That God Be Glorified in All


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