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.

November 27, 2009

For Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 21:29-33

The Lord Jesus has already told us [in yesterday’s Gospel]:
they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
... when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your REDEMPTION is at hand.

Today he continues right from there:
when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.

Heaven and earth will pass away....

The Kingdom of God— Christ the King!
In her Catechism, the Church teaches that:
When he comes at the end of time to judge the living and the dead,
the glorious Christ will reveal the secret disposition of hearts
and will render to each man according to his works
and according to his acceptance or refusal of grace. [CCC, 682]

Then the just will reign with Christ for ever,
glorified in body and soul,
and the material universe itself will be transformed.
God will then be “all in all” (1 Cor. 15:28),
in eternal life. [CCC, 1060]

This perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity—
this communion of life and love with the Trinity,
with the Virgin Mary, the angels and all the blessed....
... is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings,
the state of supreme, definitive happiness. [CCC, 1024]

There is a price for all of this.
The Lord Jesus calls it our REDEMPTION.
We let sin overtake us; we let sin enslave us.
The Lord Jesus REDEEMED— he BOUGHT BACK our freedom.
However, he did so by letting the slavery of our freely chosen sin impose its full mastery and exact its price.
He let the slavery of our freely chosen sin kill us.
He himself— “Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity”— freely chose to enter into “Holy Communion” with our enslavement and our death.
He let the enslavement run its course and spend itself on him until he died.
In the death of Christ True God and True Man, both heaven and earth passed away.
So was paid the greatest ransom possible.
The Lord then rose with the invincible freedom of God in Holy Communion with a new creation: God alive as King in man’s resurrection to life and freedom forever impervious to sin and death.
Heaven and earth have already passed away in the death of Christ True God and True Man.
He said it in today’s Gospel before he died.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
His words remain.
“This is my body... given up for you.”
“This is... my blood... of the new and everlasting covenant.”
His “new and everlasting covenant,” his “words will not pass away”.
Let us take him at his word, let us honor the untold price he has paid, and let us work to remain faithful, whether the days left us be few or the years many.
The “fulfillment of the deepest human longings” and “supreme, definitive happiness” [CCC, 1024, as above] are at stake.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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