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.

June 09, 2009

For Tuesday of the Tenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

2 Corinthians 1:13-22
Matthew 5:13-16

Today both St. Paul and our Lord call out to us with bright, strong words.
God is faithful
His promises are his “Yes” to us.
Christ is our “Yes” to God’s promises.
For the sake of God’s glory, let us be “Amen” and “Yes,” rather than “No.”
We are the anointed of God.
He has sealed and upheld us with his Spirit.
Christ wants us to make an outstanding, striking difference in the world,
a difference men can see.
In our good deeds,
he wants us to shine like the sun,
to be the light of the world,
the salt of the earth,
a city set on a mountain.
Christ wants men to see all of that in us,
to lead them to give glory to our heavenly Father.

Yesterday he called us to set foot on the way of the blessed that shines in the world for the glory of the Father.
That way is mercy and purity of heart at peace with God in holiness and justice.
The blessed so live for the sake of Christ that it draws others to Christ.
If we do not do so, then we have let our light go out.
There is no middle ground for us in the Word of God today.
The blessed freely choose to embrace Christ so strongly that men can notice it.
It gets in their eyes, and puts in their faces the choice to say either “Yes” or “No.”
Tomorrow Christ goes right on to say there is no abolishing the truths of faith and morals that the ancient Law and the Prophets uphold.
That makes a shining difference today far more than in the earthly days of Christ.
He forbids murder, adultery, divorce, retaliation, and the swearing of oaths.
He urges us to love our enemies, give alms, pray, and fast.
Christ was alive in doing all of these, and to live in him is to do the same.
Either we draw the world to salvation and the worship of God, or, as Christ tells it today, we become as salt leached of its power, “no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
Being here today is our sign that we believe in Christ who tells us to be saints who draw others to give glory to God.
The Spirit of God has drawn us here, that we might eat, drink, and be what Christ is for the salvation of the world and the glory of the Father.

That God Be Glorified in All