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.

June 25, 2009

For Thursday of the Twelfth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 7:21-29

The Lord Jesus does some name-calling today: “you evildoers” ... “like a fool.”
Not enough to call on the name of the Lord, or prophesy in the name of the Lord, or drive out demons in the name of the Lord, or do mighty deeds in the name of the Lord!
We do all of that here at Mass by the celebration of the Eucharistic Body and Blood of the Lord.
Here at Mass we call on his name, prophesy in his name, drive out demons in his name, and do the mightiest deed— THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT— in his name.
Without our also doing the will of his heavenly Father, the Eucharist will not get us into his Kingdom.
Instead, as the Lord says in his Gospel today, he will declare solemnly: “I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.”
He leaves open that someone who has never called him “Lord”— someone who is nominally NON-Christian— can enter the Kingdom of heaven simply for doing the will of the Lord’s Father. [See 847 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.]
We can turn away from the Father’s will at any time in our lives.
Doing his will is a work-in-progress for a lifetime.
Here in the Gospel of the Lord and here in the Body and Blood of the Lord, we receive the power of the Lord’s name.
It is real power, and we must put it to use in doing his Father’s will, building our house on rock, and thereby enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Otherwise we are using the Mass to take in vain the name of the Lord, and to make ourselves evildoers and fools in his eyes.

That God Be Glorified in All


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