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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

April 12, 2010

For Monday of the Second Week of Easter

John 3:1-8

Twice in today’s Gospel we hear the Lord Jesus invoke again his Godly self and Godly right with the saying, “Amen, amen, I say to you.”
What does the Lord God say?
He says we can enter and see the Kingdom of God only by birth from above of water and the Spirit.
Mark it well: birth from above is in BOTH earthly water AND God the Spirit— because a human being is BOTH earthly flesh AND spirit from God.
If it were birth of Spirit alone, then our flesh would lack meaning and be of less worth or none at all.
Rather, our flesh has everlasting meaning and everlasting worth.
Today the Lord also says, “The wind blows where it wills.”
In the Gospel language, “wind” and “Spirit” are the same word.
“The Spirit blows where it wills.”
God the Father sent God the Son in the power of God the Spirit and in the watery flesh of the human race.
God the Spirit blows where it wills.
In the Lord Jesus Christ, in his birth and life, in his suffering and death, in his rising and glory— in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Spirit has willed to blow within our watery flesh.
The Lord Jesus said so when his Father had newly sent him to rise from the dead, to tell and hand on to his apostolic Church what his Father had done for them in doing for him [Jn. 20:21-22].
“As the Father has sent me,
even so I send you.”
And when he had said this,
he breathed on them,
and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.

Even in his resurrection, the Lord Jesus is newborn of watery flesh and powerful Spirit.
The Baptismal rite he commanded his apostles to use pours out water and Spirit upon the human flesh and the human spirit, giving them birth from above.
Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive the sins of any,
they are forgiven;
if you retain the sins of any,
they are retained. [Jn. 20:22-23]

In our human flesh and our human spirit— emotion, thought, and will— we are distorted and weighted by sin.
It is by forgiving sins that Baptism of water and the Spirit gives us new birth from above.
We have everlasting meaning and worth in both spirit and flesh.
The Sacred Chrism of Confirmation is a prophetic testimony, a priestly consecration, and a royal commissioning of our meaning and worth.
The Body and the Blood of the Risen Christ are full of the Spirit so as to be the Father’s covenant commitment to our meaning and worth.
They are also the covenant commitment that we make to the untold worth and meaning of God.

That God Be Glorified in All


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