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Next to the Holy Mass, the Divine Office (or Breviary) is the most important prayer offered to God.  It is offered by the Church and in the name of the Church, conferring multifold graces and blessings on those who recite it worthily, attentively and devoutly.  Normally the domain of priests and religious, the Church has continued to recommend her official prayer to the faithful.  However, until now, the complexity of the rubrics and a lack of suitable translations has deterred many.

 

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  17th Sunday after Pentecost

September 20, 2015

The Fruit of Unity

Today’s Epistle is all about the number “one”: “One body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.” And then, interestingly enough, today’s Gospel is all about the number “two”: Love God and love thy neighbor—“on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

What is the difference between the number one and the number two? Mathematically, the difference is one. In fact, the difference between any two numbers can be calculated in multiples of one. “One” makes a difference. Whether “one” be added or subtracted, the total will always be different from the number you started with. Think of your own life and the people in it: sadly, I’m sure that all of us here have lost one person at least, and that loss has made a difference. Today though is a day to celebrate an addition to our midst, a child whose presence among us has made and will continue to make a difference. Her birth was cause for joy, and her baptism should be the reason for even more joy, as she is lovingly welcomed into the Mystical Body of Christ’s Church.

Will she make a difference to the world during her life? Undoubtedly. Perhaps on a very small scale. Or perhaps she will do great things. She may be the cause of great comfort, or happiness—or God forbid, of great suffering. Time will tell. God will give her, just as he gives all of us, sufficient grace to do his will, and then it is up to her to cooperate with this, her destiny, and fulfill whatever plans God has in mind for the world, those particular plans that now depend on the influence that God wants her to apply.

And of course, the same thing goes for all of us here today. We have all been given a divine destiny in this life, one where each of us has a unique mission to bring souls to God by one means or another. But we should never forget, bringing our own soul and the souls of others to God, this is our purpose, this is the destiny for which we were all created. I know this from the words of Our Lord in today’s Gospel: that we should love God first and foremost, and then our neighbor as ourselves. These aren’t just words. They mean something.

For example, loving God with all our heart and mind and soul. What does that mean, to love God like that? How do we do that? Well, it’s pretty much the same way we love anybody. We try to please God. We try to see what he wants from us, and then we give it to him. If you know your child desperately wants a bicycle for Christmas, then you try and get him a bicycle. You don’t run out and buy him a teddy bear. It’s common sense. And if we know that God wants to be loved with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind, then don’t you think we have a duty to do just that? “For God so loved the world,” says Our Lord, “that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” That’s the point right there. He loves us and wants us to have everlasting life. So if we love God, we will do everything we can to save our souls, so that we can please him first and foremost by earning that everlasting life. And the second commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves is simply an extension to that same idea—that if we love God, we will do everything we can to save the souls of our neighbors, so that they can have everlasting life. That’s it, people! That’s our mission. Love God and neighbor.

Two commandments then. And yet one. Because if we truly love God, we cannot not love our neighbor. How can we not love our neighbor when God loved him so much that he was prepared to die on the cross for him? So we must measure our love for God by how much we love our neighbor. And that we must measure by how much we love ourselves. “Love thy neighbor as thyself”. And let’s face it, we really do love ourselves quite a lot, don’t we!

Love, by its very definition, unites. Love makes one. This is the essence of the sacrament of marriage. This is why two people who love each other are united in this sacrament. They cleave together, as the Scripture describes, in “one flesh”, and behold, a mathematical miracle—two become one, that one and one may make three. The sacrament of marriage is truly a wonderful institution, and it is not by chance that God created our nature in this way.

I won’t go off on a tangent today about the absurdity of any human court, even the Supreme Court of the United States, attempting to redefine marriage to include unnatural unions where procreation is impossible. God created the universe, and no earthly law will ever change the law of nature. They might just as well attempt to redefine gravity to say that an apple has just as much right to rise from the ground and attach itself to the tree. It’s absurd, and not worthy of any further consideration, beyond noting that the actions of the Supreme Court are a very good example of where one made a difference. Remember, the vote was five to four. One vote would have changed everything.

But let’s not get sidetracked on today’s crazy world. Rather, let’s refocus on the world God created. You’ll remember that he created it in his own image and likeness. The love, the union that exists between man and wife is a reflection of God’s love for, and union with his Church. The Church he founded. Not some other pop-up church that somebody invented in the sixteenth century. Not some wild innovative church born of an illegitimate union between the Catholic Church and the world in the 1960s, what Archbishop Lefebvre called a “bastard church” that would throw out two thousand years of doctrine and the true Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that had been celebrated since the time of the Apostles. No, there is only one true Church founded by Christ, one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.

We have a name for this Church. We call it the Mystical Body of Christ. Because just as two become one in the Sacrament of Matrimony, so do we poor miserable creatures become one with Christ through the Sacrament of Baptism. Through this sacrament we now belong to that Mystical Body, just as surely as our arms and legs belong to our body. For again, as St. Paul tells us today: “there is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.”

By loving God with all our heart and mind and soul, we become united with him. And this unity with God, in the Church, and through her sacraments, will find its true fulfillment on the day Christ welcomes us into his heavenly kingdom. This is our final goal, and the reason why we must love God with heart, mind and soul, in other words, with our whole being. Thank God, he has given us another sacrament by which we may do this, the Sacrament of Holy Communion. It is exactly that, Comm-union. We are joined together with God in this sacrament, and it is in this sacrament that we find the pinnacle of his love for us and our love for him. We should go to Mass and receive Holy Communion whenever we have the opportunity—every day if we can—so that our union with God may be as frequent and complete as possible.
Remember—Christ commands us to love him with “all thy heart, all thy soul, all thy mind”. With love like that would we really be looking for excuses not to go to Mass?

Today we are called upon to put aside such lukewarm attitudes towards the God who loves us. We should remember that amazing numerical phenomenon that takes place in the union of marriage, where one and one make three. We should stop to wonder what untold possibilities there are for us when God and his Church come together in even closer union than man and wife. This is a consideration that should inspire us to great things. After all, the Church is made up of individual members of Christ’s Mystical Body. In other words, of us Catholics. As long as we continue in that same “one Faith” united in the same “one Lord Jesus Christ” then there can be no end to the good effects that such a union might produce. We may be just poor creatures, a handful of weak individuals, but together with God, we make an unbeatable team. Don’t forget, just one can make a difference! Are you that one? Stay united with God through grace and faith, and we’ll see what graces he gives us. May these blessings by showered abundantly upon us, by the one God and Father of us all who is above all, and through all, and in us all. Amen.




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