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.

November 10, 2010

For Wednesday of the Thirty-Second Ordinary Week of the Church Year

[November 10, Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church]

Luke 17:11-19

When the ten lepers asked the Lord for mercy, he sent them to carry out a liturgical rite: “Go show yourselves to the priests.”
Those who recovered from leprosy were to show themselves to the priests who would verify their healing and publicly release them from the status of being unclean.
Then each former leper would make two sacrifices, handing them over to the priest: one sacrifice to atone for sin and the other to thank and worship God.
Nine of the ten former lepers were thanking God with their sacrifices.
One of the ten came back to thank the Lord Jesus, whose answer was NOT, “Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to ME?”
Rather: “Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to GOD?”
The Lord Jesus turned what happened into an upholding of his own Godhead.
The Lord Jesus— a man who claims to be God and truly is God.
More than two thousand years since God became man— and our minds and words still reach out for the meaning.
More than a thousand five hundred years ago, Pope St. Leo gave history a bedrock of thought on the mystery of Christ-God-and-Man.
He wrote a letter whose words mark the basis of all correct teaching on the relationship between the manhood and the Godhead in Christ.
In short: one Divine Person in whom are two natures— the Divine nature and the human nature— the two being forever joined to each other, but without any confusion or mixture between them.
St. Leo’s letter was so masterful that the fourth worldwide council in Christian history, the Council of Chalcedon, upheld that no TRUE Christian HAS ever, CAN ever, or MAY ever wander from or go against the basic facts the letter laid out.
Inspired by St. Leo and one former Samaritan leper, we come here to the Eucharist, to fall in worshipful thanksgiving at the feet of Jesus who is God and Lord.
We come with our sacrifices, to show ourselves to him, the High Priest of heaven and earth, that he might pronounce us clean of our sin and give us salvation for our faith by sacrificing himself.

That God Be Glorified in All