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.

January 30, 2009

For Friday of the Third Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Mark 4:26-34
Hebrews 10:32-39

Today in his Gospel, the Lord gives us two parables to tell us “how it is with the Kingdom of God.”
God’s chosen people were expecting his Kingdom to come with might and lift Israel over all other earthly kingdoms.
Jesus taught it would happen somewhat like that, but only at the end of time.
Until then, the Kingdom of God can seem more mysterious than mighty.
Today’s two parables uphold that the Kingdom of God comes, works, spreads, grows with man’s involvement— but without man knowing how.
That’s exactly what the first parable says about seed a man has sown: “the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.”
The second parable also points to mystery: “the smallest of all the seeds on the earth... becomes the largest of plants.”
Until the end of time, when finally “the harvest has come,” God’s kingdom can seem small and mysterious, rather than great and mighty.
So, the first reading today tells us how to wait.
you endured a great contest of suffering

You need endurance to do the will of God

We are not among those who draw back

Rather, we are among those who are willing to wait to “receive what God has promised,” knowing that we will “have great recompense,” “a better and lasting possession” that goes beyond earthly might and wealth.
“We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life.”
Even the seed planted by husband and wife is meant to be part of the harvest of the Kingdom of God.
However the sickle of God’s kingdom is one that raises the dead, not that aborts the living.
The tiniest, newly begotten, single-celled human life can grow up into the largest of souls, a magnanimous benefactor for the poor of the earth— or even for the birds of the sky.
Abortion springs from pessimism and prejudice that judges a child is a curse that must be put to death.
A curse that must be put to death!
Last March, Obama said of unwanted teen pregnancy, “I don’t want my daughters punished with a baby.” [At a town meeting in Johnstown, Pennsylvania]
Pessimism and prejudice that judges a child is a curse that must be put to death!
God has said it: “What you do to the least of my brethren, you do to me.”
A baby born lower than the least, born a stranger in a stable, has “ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.”
“He will come again in glory”— he who first came in a stable.
As with that baby: what unimaginable greatness and what unseen mighty kingdom are real but hidden—by the Word of God himself—in a flake of food and drops of drink: Body of Christ and Blood of Christ!
Everlasting life, glory, and the Kingdom of God!

That God Be Glorified in All