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.

September 11, 2009

For Friday of the Twenty-Third Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 6:39-42
1 Timothy 1:1-2,12-14

All of us have some blindness— physically, psychologically, intellectually, or spiritually.
All of us know what it’s like to be a student, disciple, or trainee trying to learn something hard.
The Lord is telling us about students and blindness as a warning about ignorance and hypocrisy in our attitudes and actions towards others.
The Lord has his own attitudes and actions towards sinners— us.
In the Word of the Lord today, St. Paul says:
I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man,
but I have been mercifully treated
because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.
Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant

The Lord Jesus is the only man in history without any ignorance or blindness in his actions, his decisions, his thoughts, or his feelings.
Whenever he points at splinters and beams in our eyes, he is always the only one who is innocent.
Jesus, God the Son, came down from heaven to save us from the blindness of sin and from death.
Purely innocent, he is the Lamb of God, who took the guilt of our sins onto himself on the wooden beams of the cross and in the blind darkness of death.
He gives the resurrection of his own body, his innocence, and his sight to us in Baptism.
God looks upon us as his children because Christ has given us the gift of his own innocence.
That is what Christ wants, promises, and does.
We may be sad, angry, or fearful because of spiritual, moral, or bodily blindness and darkness within us or around us.
We need to grab onto our faith that the Lord has taken these things as his own.
He is present in all of them because of his cross, and they belong to him.
Faith lets us see our suffering as a receipt or invoice telling that Christ paid for us to share in his innocence and glory.
We must have the same faith when we receive his Eucharistic Body and Blood that give us all that belongs to him.

That God Be Glorified in All


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