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.

May 12, 2010

For Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

John 16:12-15

Christ had more to tell or give his disciples, but he held back, for it would have been unbearable for them until the coming of the Spirit of truth.
I have much more to tell you,
but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.

What is this truth that is unbearable without the Spirit?
Christ says that the Spirit:
will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine

Everything that the Father has belongs to Christ, and it is to be ours as well, but we cannot receive or bear it alone.
Only the grace of the Spirit’s presence and guidance can receive and bear for us what belongs to Christ who himself says, “Everything that the Father has is mine.”
It is the Spirit that empowers us to bear up as sons and daughters of the Father of Christ, the only-begotten Son of God.
In Christ— BY THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT— all that the Father has is ours, and— BY THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT— we can bear it.
Christ calls the Spirit “the Spirit of truth”— who “will guide you to all truth.”
Adam and Eve were no longer able to bear all that God gave them in truth because they followed the guidance of the spirit of lies.
They fell from communion with God.
If we want communion with the Father and the Son— which is the highest meaning of “the communion of saints” (communio sanctorum)— if we want the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting, in other words, if we want to be with Christ in Paradise, then we must be open to the Spirit coming, calling, and guiding us to all truth, even truth we may be tempted to think unbearable.
Here in the offer of Holy Communion in the Body and Blood of Christ, everything that the Father has belongs to Christ and comes to us as food and drink.
However, this sacramental mystery is not merely a gift, but also a mission: the Spirit of truth calling us to obedient holiness in the new and everlasting covenant.

That God Be Glorified in All