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.

October 31, 2009

For Saturday of the Thirtieth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 14:1,7-11

“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Everyone including Jesus!
He came into our world first of all as a servant of his Father’s glory.
“Glory to God in the highest!”
That’s the first thing the angel army sang at his birth.
He was born to give glory to God in the highest.
Secondly, Jesus made himself the servant of the human race.
He is peace on earth to us— he is God’s good favor resting upon us, among us and within us.
For the sake of the Father’s glory, and for the sake of bringing us into peace with the Father, Jesus humbled himself, obeying for our sakes, obeying even unto death, death on the cross.
For humbling himself as a man, the Son of God received exaltation as a man: he rose from the dead.
By his cross, the Son of God fulfills honest humility in the name of the human race.
By his resurrection as a man of flesh and blood, he personally began the exaltation of the human race.
In flesh and blood he died on the cross, in flesh and blood rose from the grave, in flesh and blood ascended into heaven, in flesh and blood sits at the right hand of the Father— through and through he is at the service of his Father’s glory and our welfare.
In his Body and Blood, he humbles himself and exalts others.
He brings peace and favor to the human race.
He gives glory to the Father in the highest.
If we truly do the same, then we are already exalted in communion with him.

That God Be Glorified in All


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