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.

July 28, 2010

For Wednesday of the Seventeenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 13:44-46

From last Wednesday through this Friday, the weekday Mass gives us bit by bit this thirteenth chapter of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
Throughout this chapter the Lord says of the “Kingdom” that it belongs to the Son of Man, it is the Kingdom of heaven, it has children, and that it is the Kingdom of the Father of the just or righteous.
Today at Mass in this chapter our Lord stirs us to spend our whole being to land the Kingdom.
It would mean both to gain God himself and to have God rule as King over our whole being.
As the greatest sign and instrument of God the King we have the Eucharist.
In the Eucharist we discover the Lord not in a field but under the seeming of bread and wine.
We cannot earn this treasure, but must hand over all that we are for it, so the Lord may say but the word of mercy, healing our souls of sin, and making us worthy of his Kingdom.
Our daily PARTAKING of the Lord in his Eucharist is just as much a daily LESSON.
We can spend our whole lives giving ourselves away, giving ourselves up.
Still the King always meets us with so much more and outdoes us.
Instead of a farmer or merchant stumbling across treasure, God has knowingly sought us.
He calls us out of the fields and commerce of the world.
He counts us as his treasures and pearls of great price.
God in Christ sold himself into suffering and death to dig and buy us out of the dirt and commerce of sin and death.
The Word of the Lord has all this in strong and unfathomable words.
For our sake God made Christ—
who knew no sin—
to BE SIN,
so that in him we might become the very holiness of God. [2 Cor. 5:21]

In the utter poverty of his death on a cross, God invested his whole being in sinners.
Here in the Eucharist, we eat and drink the King’s flesh and blood, the whole price of our freedom in his Kingdom.
The Holy One trades himself for rebel sinners.
He trades his holiness, wealth, life, and divinity for our emptiness.
Here, even bread and wine are emptied of their own reality, so as to become really the flesh and blood of Christ.
We need to come knowing ourselves poor in spirit, for God alone can fill us with the everlasting joy, goodness, and glory of his Kingdom.

That God Be Glorified in All


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