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.

March 13, 2015

For Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Mark 12:28-34

Since Christ names SOUL, MIND and STRENGTH as tools of LOVE it is clear he means LOVE is not merely a FEELING.
Rather:  soul, mind and strength can LOVE whether FEELINGS go with or against them.
Christ upholds that love gives its all in believing, wanting, thanking and obeying God.
Love follows God by doing what is truly good for its neighbor.
To love your neighbor as yourself calls for faithfulness to what is good and right, whether feelings come or go, wax or wane, help or hinder.
If I am NOT mindful to seek and do the right and the good then I leave all my feelings to flutter in the unforeseeable tides of my own lack of worthy goals.
Then sadness, anger, fear and joy will shove each other around inside me with none of them truly healthy.
Even without God’s word men and women over untold ages have watched and learned that doing the right and the good can open a better home for feelings— joy among them— to live well and grow well.
The scribe who spoke to Christ in today’s Gospel had begun to move knowingly towards the greatest such home, the one Christ called the Kingdom of God.
You are not far from the Kingdom of God.
On Good Friday, at the cost of his whole being, Christ did the right and the good for his Father and his neighbor.
He loved them all at the cost of his whole soul, whole mind and whole strength.
Despite his feelings!
Despite sorrow and loathing so great they sweated and bled out of his skin!
Forgetful of self, mindful of God and neighbor, LOVE-IN-PERSON in flesh and blood stopped at nothing to build the only home where joy could rise from the dead and be alive forever.
In his flesh and blood we eat and drink his soul, his mind and his strength so that we might know and choose to love as he loves, and so come to untold everlasting joy with him in his Kingdom.

That God Be Glorified in All


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