Homily for Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Preached on February 13, 2019 at the Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln, Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad IN
Readings: Genesis 2:4-9, 15-17; Psalm 104:1-2, 27-30; Mark 7:14-23
“Dirt is matter out of place” (cf. Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo by Mary Douglas, p. 36). But, when dirt comes in contact with God, when it gets so close to God that He can breathe into it, dirt is transformed: it becomes a living being (cf. Gen. 2:7). That is grace: when matter finds its rightful place in the hands of God.
We are dirt and to dirt we shall return (cf. Gen. 3:19). But, when we draw near to God, when we get so close to Him that He can breathe into us His Holy Spirit, we too are transformed: we become more alive than we ever were before. That is our grace: when we find our rightful place in the hands of God.
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