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 22, 2010

For Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Revelation 14:1-3,4b-5
Luke 21:1-4

In the first reading, the Word of the Lord takes us forward to Mount Zion at the end of time.
However, the Gospel of the Lord takes us backward to Mount Zion of old.
There in God’s temple, through the eyes of the Lord Jesus, we see a widow offering her worship.
The Lord says her two small coins are all the widow has on earth.
She gives them to God’s temple, sacrificing the last of her worldly welfare.
She hides nothing and withholds nothing from the Lord.
At the end of time she would be worthy to be among the hundred and forty-four thousand standing with the Lamb on Mount Zion.
The Word of the Lord says of them in the first reading: “On their lips no deceit has been found....”
They were singing what seemed to be a new hymn before the throne....

These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes.
They have been ransomed as the first fruits of the human race
for God and the Lamb.
On their lips no deceit has been found;
they are unblemished.

In the Gospel, the widow is already with the Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God, in his temple on Mount Zion.
As all lambs in the temple are to undergo sacrifice, so the widow chooses to follow and sacrifice all that she has in the world.
Here today, on this small Benedictine mountain, in this temple, this church, at this hour, the Lamb has come since two or three and more are gathered in his name.
He has called us to follow him here, to join him in offering ourselves on his altar in his Church— through, with him, and in him.
In his Body and Blood, Christ puts into his Church far more than the last of his coins.
The Son of God puts into his Church his whole being for the glory and honor of his Father, and “for us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven.”
The Lord is here, and sees all that we offer.
He sees also what we withhold, even if we do not know we are withholding.
Since only his sacrifice of worship and salvation is unblemished, perfect, and total, he lets us eat it and drink it.
He puts his totally self-consuming offering into his treasury, his Church— us— so that from within us his sacrifice is freedom and power to choose and “follow the Lamb wherever he goes.”

That God Be Glorified in All