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.

December 31, 2009

For December 31, the Seventh Day in the Christmas Octave

1 John 2:18-21
John 1:1-18

Among earthly men, we look in admiration upon a son who is a credit to his father, or a father who is devoted to his son.
It would moves us even more to learn of a father and son who are men of wisdom, justice, courage, and balance, who honor, love and boast deservedly of each other.
It may be rare to find such a father and son among earthly men.
The Gospel today calls us to gaze and dwell upon something unspeakably rare that has anointed the world of flesh and blood.
. . . God . . . the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son,
full of grace and truth.

The score of Gospel verses today is a litany of the glory of the Son.
He is the Word.
He is God.
He always was before the beginning of all that came to be.
He is the True Light.
He is glorious.
He is the Father’s only-begotten Son.
He is full of grace.
He is full of truth.
He is at the Father’s side, and “we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son.”
In the very middle of today’s admiring litany of glory for the Son of the Father, you and I find the reason for all our hope.
to those who did accept him
to those who believe in his name

He— the Word, God, the True Light, the Glorious One, the One Full of Grace, the One Full of Truth, the One at the Father’s Side— he, the Father’s Only-Begotten Son gives power for others to become sons and daughters of God.
The power is, as today’s first reading puts, “anointing that comes from the Holy One.”
The anointing Spirit becomes the voice of believing souls to cry out the Word of the Son, “Abba, Father!” from within their every deed and even within their silence and rest.
By the Spirit, the faithful soul and the Father credit and glorify each other.
If we remain true to the Spirit anointing us, and to the Son dwelling among us, both guarantee that in the resurrection we shall ascend into heaven and sit at the right hand of the Father.
A new Gospel could then sing about us.
You are sons and daughters by God’s decision.
You are light.
The true light that came into the world has enlightened you.
Your flesh became the dwelling of the Word among you.
See your glory as the Father’s children!
Now you are filled with grace and truth.
You have all received grace beyond grace
from the fullness of the only-begotten Son.
With him you have revealed God your Father,
and see him face to face,
and are at his side forever.

God has given his Word that glory awaits us.
Faith believes it.
Hope desires it.
Love works for it.

That God Be Glorified in All


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