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 09, 2009

For Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

Matthew 11:28-30

Here in his Gospel today, the Lord offers a goal of “rest” for those “who labor and are burdened.”
“Come to me … I will give you rest … for your souls.”
In leading up to these words today, the Lord marked the road to the goal of rest.
First, he told of his doing mighty works among us, expecting us to turn and come to him with faith, open minds, and willingness to change [11:20-24].
He bemoaned those who saw his mighty works, but did not repent.
Then, he spoke a prayer of thanks to his Father that some indeed had turned and opened up to what the Father wants to give in the Lord Jesus [11:25-27].
You and I see and believe his mighty works, especially in his sacraments, most especially in his Eucharist.
He calls for us to turn and come to him with faith, open minds, and willingness to change.
If we do, we shall learn from him to be meek and humble of heart, and he will reveal the Father to us.
We will come to know the Father, and the Father will give us all things.
That the Father would give us all things in the Lord Jesus was the last thing the Lord said in leading up to today’s Gospel.
All things have been delivered to me by my Father;
and no one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him [11:27].
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened….
… and learn from me….

We are about to come to him in his Eucharistic Flesh and Blood.
However, the Eucharist is not merely a goal at which to rest.
He tells us today, “Come to me…. Take my yoke… LEARN from me.”
The Eucharist is a beginning of bearing the yoke of Christ upon the road of learning from him.
After all, the Eucharist is one of the three sacraments of Christian INITIATION.
INITIATION, not the finish!
Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist— the first two are never repeated.
However, the Eucharist must be repeated throughout our lives as the sacrament of ONGOING Christian initiation.
At this moment, here at this altar, we are NOT about to “arrive” at the Eucharist.
No, we are about to start all over again.
We are about to initiate our conversions again, to repent again, and we must do so throughout the rest of our days.
To start again to bear the yoke of Christ!
To start again to learn from him with open minds and willingness to change!
That is the only road at whose end we can find rest in seeing and receiving from Christ all things that his Father has delivered to him [11:27].

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All