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 15, 2009

For Wednesday of the Fifteenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 11:25-27

Today we see Christ give thanks that childlike spirits have received knowledge of the Father and of the Son whom the Father has sent.
The childlike of the Gospel are open and keen for what God gives.
God chooses to let them know him, and he shapes them into living signs of himself.
The Son of God became a man of flesh and blood, and has the deepest and truest knowledge of the Father, and is the deepest and truest living sign of the Father.
Jesus is fully open to the Father, and he truly shows the Father.
From Jesus we can receive all the depth, reality and knowledge of God.
He says it in his Gospel today: ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN HANDED OVER TO ME BY MY FATHER.
Jesus, the Son of God, is open all the way to everything his Father gives him.
You and I, because we are sinners, are not yet fully open to the Father.
Jesus the Son of God, Jesus a man of flesh and blood, Jesus the sinless one, is the only man who has all knowledge of the Father, and is all knowledge of the Father.
God gives all of himself to us by way of his Son even in his Body and Blood.
In the Body and Blood of Christ, God gives himself to us, and opens himself to us.
Through the Body and Blood of Christ, God the Spirit pours upon us, cleansing, saving, completing, hallowing, glorifying, and restoring us as images and likenesses of God.
God does and gives his all, but we need to answer with our all.
To let in what can fulfill us more than anything else, we need to turn our backs on sin, turn our faces to God, open ourselves and offer ourselves to the Lord with lowliness, courage, and truth.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







2 Comments:

Blogger ROMVLVS OBLATVS OSB said...

There is a tradition that the boy Jesus formed a bird out of clay and breathed life into it so that it flew away. The earliest I have read of this tradition is in the Qur'an; and the story appears often in Christian writings through the ages. This tradition reminds me to approach the recorded history of Jesus with child-like wonder.
Dear Reverend Father, your most recent Sunday sermon is amongst your finest, thank you for sharing your insight with us and may our prayers fly to Jesus like clay birds from our hands.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Thanks, David, for your constant kind comments!

6:44 PM  

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