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 23, 2009

For Wednesday of the Twenty-Fifth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 9:1-6

In this Gospel we see the beginning of the mission, of the “apostolate” of the Twelve Apostles.
It is a mysterious beginning because it also shows the end and fulfillment of all things.
As Christ sent his Twelve Apostles out for this beginning, he gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases as they proclaimed the Kingdom of God.
At the end and fulfillment of all things, the Kingdom of God will make our bodies whole and fulfill our souls with freedom from sin and the sway of demons.
This beginning of the apostolate, of the apostolic mission, did not come from the apostles.
It came from the power and authority Christ put into their hands.
He sent them out carrying nothing they could call their own or the world could give them.
“Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic.”
They went with nothing but the power and authority of Christ that freed bodies and souls.
That was the beginning, and so it will be at the end when Christ opens the fullness of his Kingdom in the world through the Apostolic Church.
In the meantime, we are to hold onto nothing except our own obedience to the power and authority that come from Christ.
Without his power and authority, and without our obedience to him, we shall have no beginning and no fulfillment for our bodies and our souls.
Here in his Eucharistic Body and Blood, the King our God is present empty-handed by the measure of the world— empty-handed and poor but for his power and authority, as well as his own obedience to his Father.
In his Body and Blood he hands over to us his dignity, power, authority, and obedience.
His Body and Blood shall be as nothing for us, unless we answer with our own obedience.
Obedience to Christ demands that we leave everything behind.
“Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic.”
It is the same journey— the way of the cross— that Christ undertook in obedience and self-denial.
If we do the same, then at the end all shall be fulfilled.
By empty-handed obedience to his power and authority, we shall come to the freedom of our bodies, the freedom of our joy, our knowledge, and our will, the freedom of our whole being in the Kingdom of God.

That God Be Glorified in All



Wow. Preach brother preach.
Empty-handed freedom.
It resonates in our souls.
Obedience...not a popular word nowadays.

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