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.

September 28, 2010

For Tuesday of the Twenty-Sixth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Luke 9:51-56

As you may recall, Jerusalem and the Jews loathed the Samaritans as half-breeds and heretics.
Because the Lord Jesus, a Jew, was on his way to Jerusalem, the Samaritan village shut its doors to him.
It is an irony that Jerusalem itself would shove the Lord out of its gates to crucify him.
He already knew it, and his Gospel today says “he RESOLUTELY DETERMINED to journey to Jerusalem” to receive worse than from the Samaritan village— worse also than his hometown, Nazareth, that tried to throw him off its hilltop.
As another irony, the newly risen Lord, everlasting victor over death, showed his apostles his body glorified yet RESOLUTELY DETERMINED to go on bearing the marks of the nails and lance.
The hands, feet, and side of the Risen One show that he is also the Crucified.
In the marks of his suffering and death, we see that, except for sin, the Risen Lord was and remains everything we are even unto suffering and death.
The marks in his flesh also say he is God— for God is Love— and Love in the absolute is the giving up and giving away of oneself.
That is what he shows in breaking open his body and shedding his blood on the cross “for us men and for salvation” as we say in the Creed.
He is still RESOLUTELY DETERMINED in his Eucharist that he first gave at the end of his journey to Jerusalem.
In his Eucharistic Body broken for us, and his Eucharistic Blood shed for us, Love still wounds and marks himself for us, for that is how and what Love is and does.
Two of his disciples wanted “to call down fire from heaven to consume” a Samaritan village for the Lord’s first suffering on his journey to Jerusalem.
He rebuked his disciples, and had them rather journey by his side to his suffering, but later they ran away.
At times we too want God to burn away the inconvenience and pain we suffer; we too run away.
So his rebuke in his Gospel today is for us too.
If we stay at his side, then sufferings on the way become our own journey to the city of God and the resurrection.
In giving us his Body and Blood, he tells us to be RESOLUTELY DETERMINED to journey with him: “Do this in memory of me.”

That God Be Glorified in All


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