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Homily 8 on the feast of St. Benedict – Fr. Clement, OSB

Homily 8 on the feast of St. Benedict – Fr. Clement, OSB


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen. In today’s Gospel we come across a question that Saint Peter posed to Our Lord. Before addressing the question of Saint
Peter and its significance. Let us note that asking Our Lord
questions and not rhetorical questions asking Our Lord questions and conversing with him is a sign of a healthy and vibrant life of prayer. What happens when we don’t ask Our Lord questions when we don’t truly converse with him. Our prayer life becomes like this. It’s as if we’re going to call God believing though that he’s not going to
answer and then our prayer is simply as if
we’re simply leaving a voice mail. Lord I know you’re really busy right now I know you might never here this
message but just in case you do blah blah blah. Then we hang up and we practically place our hands over
our ears. We’re not expecting a response. We don’t await a response from the
living God. That the catechism of the catholic church teaches us that both sacred scripture and the lives and the writtings of the Saints are sources for our prayer life. Our contact with sacred scripture with the lives and writtings of the saints is so important because we learn how to pray. Now let us turn to Saint Peters question. Saint Peter turned to Our Lord and said behold we have left all things and have followed thee. What therefore shall we have? Our Lord lovingly and willingly answers
this question. Our lord understands the human heart both as our creator but also on account of his most sacred heart. Our lord understands how important
it is for us as priests as men to have a sense of direction a sense of purpose a sense of meaning to understand where it is that I am going what’s the meaning of all of the
sacrifices. Let us acknowledge that if we have lost
our sense of direction or those times in the past but we didn’t
have a sense of direction when we don’t see the connection between
our daily life and God’s kingdom. That our priesthood lacks the love the zeal for souls that zeal for souls which is a fire
that both keeps us warm and keeps us pure. Our Lords answer to Saint Peter is confirmed in a wondrous way and the life in passing of Saint Benedict. For today March twenty first is the solemnity of Saint Benedict, its the most important feast for Benedictines it’s the day that our Holy Father Benedict
pasted from this life to his eternal reward. Our Lords answer he tells Peter that all that have left everything to
follow him shall receive a hundred fold and shall posess life everlasting. Now this is confirmed in the passing of
Saint Benedict in a wondrous way. Our Lord revealed to some of Benedicts
monks the path that Saint Benedict followed
throughout his life. The monks saw this beautiful and ornate
path that from the earth gradually arose to God’s kingdom gradually arose to heaven and at the end of the ascent Saint Benedict’s monks saw Benedict in a loving embrace with Gods Son our Lord and Savior. Let us now turn briefly to the rule and to
the life of Saint Benedict to discover how he found this beautiful
path so that we may as well. A teaching from the rule of Saint Benedict. In the prolog of his rule Benedict
teaches us that before we began any task We are to turn to the Lord and we’re to ask the Lord to bless and bring to completion that which we are about to do. Now this holy habit, no pun intended, is a way of having a vigilant heart. A heart always turning towards always lifting up its eyes to the Lord inviting us prayer by this habit of never beginning a task without first asking the Lord to bless it and to bring it to completion. We discover that on a daily basis we are cooperating with the Lord in all that we do and does this ever awaken our faith to recognize the hand in the presence of
the Lord in all that we do. Now a moment from the life of Siant Benedict. The Lord God raised two people from the dead through the intersection of Saint Benedict. One in particular a poor farmer had lost his son that is his young child had passed away. This poor farmer picked up the lifeless
body of his son and he went to the monasteries of Saint Benedict of Monte Cassino and he began to ask for our holy Father Benedict It was explained to him that Benedict was in the fields working with the monks. The poor farmer set his lifeless childs body in front of the door of the monastery and then went out in search of Benedict When he encountered Saint Benedict he began to yell give me back my son, give me back my son. At first Benedict didn’t know what he was talking
about but then he realized that this man son
had died and that he was being asked to raise
that child back to life. Saint Benedict refused at first saying that only the apostles have worked such great miracles but his monks encouraged him and so Saint Benedict with tears with his arms extended said this prayer Lord look on my sins but on the faith of this man we recognize this very same prayer in the holy mass right after the “our father”. Look not on our sins but on the
faith of your church. Saint Benedict then prayed and wept and thru him the Lord God raised back to
life that child who had died. Now for our priesthood to be holy for our priesthood to have that zeal for souls we’re not supposed to await till we have
no more sin let us recall the miracle that Benedict just worked. Benedict first acknowledges that he is a sinner that he has sins but he says lord look not on my sins but on the faith of this man. If we wait until we’re without sin if we wait and until we’re holy for our priesthood to have that zeal for souls we’re gonna miss the boat. Jesus through us wants to work mighty deeds on behalf of his people. As poor and sinful and as weak as we are. So thru the intersection of our Holy
Father Saint Benedict through his teaching and thru his life may we all discover that beautiful path. so that day after day step after step we might be aware of the meaning the purpose the direction of our life as we step one step closer to that loving and eternal embrace with the very life and love of God. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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