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.

July 21, 2009

For Tuesday of the Sixteenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Exodus 14:21 to 15:1
Matthew 12:46-50

The first reading answered the question, “On whose side was the Lord?”
The Gospel then answered another question, “Who is on the Lord’s side?”
Consider the first question.
On whose side was the Lord?
He went to war for his chosen people to free them from slavery in Egypt.
However, the Lord has not yet ended all slavery among his chosen people.
Satan still tempts us to enslave ourselves by sin.
At times, the demonic takes possession.
However, we also freely enslave our fellow human beings in many ways.
There are also forms of slavery inside us.
We are still bound by physical and emotional weaknesses, sicknesses, and wounds.
We are still shackled by limitations in our reasoning, understanding and knowledge.
Then, even though we may know what is good and true, our wills are weak.
We can struggle for freedom, but it is never perfect or absolute in the present world.
So, at the end of all things, the Lord will make war one last time to put an everlasting stop to all the enslavements of his chosen people.
Who are his chosen people?
The Gospel recasts that question.
Who is on the Lord’s side?
“Who is my mother?
Who are my brothers?”
And stretching out his hand toward his disciples,
he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father
is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

We are the chosen of the Lord if we choose to be his disciples and to do the will of his heavenly Father.
The relative freedoms we might win in the present world— such as physical and emotional freedoms— all such freedoms will come to an everlasting end, if in the end we have not remained faithful to our greatest freedom and source of freedom: God.
Jesus said [Jn. 8:31-36]:
... If you continue in my word,
you are truly my disciples,
and you will know the truth,
and the truth will make you free....
Every one who commits sin is a slave to sin.
The slave does not continue in the house for ever;
the son continues for ever.
So if the Son makes you free,
you will be free indeed.

If we want freedom, let us eat and drink the truth that God freely breaks open and pours out for us in his Body and Blood so that sins may be forgiven.
However, it shall all be useless, unless we put the power of the Lord’s victorious covenant to use by our own warfare against sin in our own lives.

That God Be Glorified in All


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