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.

March 18, 2010

For Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

John 5:31-47
Exodus 32:7-14.

In the same place where days before they had consecrated and covenanted their undying faithfulness to the Lord God, the Israelites turned to worship a golden calf.
Moses then heard and questioned the Lord God’s intention to “exterminate them from the face of the earth.”
Moses “implored the Lord, his God” to lessen the punishment.
The Lord God acted according to the intercession of Moses.
However, in the Gospel, the Lord Jesus says Moses now will not intercede.
Instead, Moses will accuse those who hoped in Moses but disbelieved Christ Jesus about whom Moses had written.
Everything Christ the Lord says in his Gospel today is dangerous.
Moses testified to the Israelites on behalf of the Lord God.
However, the Lord Jesus says Moses “wrote about ME,” and the Scriptures “testify on MY behalf.”
More dangerously, Christ says, “the Father who sent ME has testified on MY behalf.”
He goes on.
you think you have eternal life
But you do not want to come to ME to have life.

you do not have the love of GOD in you
you do not accept ME

For that kind of talk, men sought his death.
The daily Gospels now as we draw nearer to Good Friday dwell increasingly on his dangerous words.
However, behind his death is more than his dangerous talk.
While Moses was a mere man chosen to mediate between God and Israel, Christ Jesus is truly both God and man.
He is mediation, intercession, reconciliation and perfect union in PERSON, in FLESH and BLOOD.
In him, God and man lived faithfully as one, died faithfully as one, and rose invincibly as one beyond death and sin.
In him, the union of God and man is glorified and enthroned in undying flesh and blood at the side of the heavenly Father.
Our joy, our homecoming, our victory, and even our true identity are already fulfilled in Christ at the right hand of the Father.
The trouble is that we still turn away to make and worship the golden calf.
We worship the golden calf of false or lesser joys.
We make the golden calf of being at home in a lifestyle far from God.
We worship the golden calf of selfish and arrogant victories.
We make the golden calf of identities that are gilded, artificial, unrealistic, temporary, incomplete or immature.
We need truth— the true God who gives us our true identity.
Venerable Pope John Paul II often quoted the following from the Second Vatican Council [Gaudium et spes, 22].
In reality it is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear.

Christ... fully reveals man to himself and brings to light
his most high calling.

Our “most high calling” is the truth that “is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven” [Nicene Creed].
The Lord Jesus has covenanted and consecrated himself to that truth for us.
On the Eucharistic night before he died, he interceded for us.
Make them holy in the truth.
For their sake I consecrate myself,
that they also may be consecrated in truth. [Jn. 17:17,19]

That is always his intercession for us in his Eucharist.
We are baptized into the life, truth, and holiness of God.
We are anointed to be his mediators for the world.
We come to believe and obey Christ in his Eucharist that consecrates us in Christ for worship of the Father’s glory.
By living faithfully our worship of the true God, we begin to find our true selves, and shall finally be at home in the Promised Land.

That God Be Glorified in All


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