Homily at the Mount, by Abbot Owen  The doing leads to a life pure and undefiled before God, the Father. That life consists in doing!

Homily for Mass at Mount St. Scholastica by Abbot Owen, Sunday, September 2, 2012.

When I looked over the readings when I have the opportunity to homilize anywhere but particularly here at the Mount, I make an attempt to connect the first and the third readings.  The lectionary is arranged for that.  But I have chosen the second reading, this from The Letter of James.  It seems less contentious and more in tune with our monastic way.

James speaks of the monastic way in these terms: He characterizes  God, as “the Father of Lights in whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.”  Given the long history of our monastic life from the 2nd Century until now, there have been changes in its expression to fit the long history but our lives in community, large and small, radiate a sacramental presence of reverence for the One who holds the place of Christ in the community, for the members’ reverence one for another, for the tools of our life reverenced as the vessels of the altar.  There have been changes in the accidentals of our life but not in the essentials.

We are to listen to the truths of our Monastic way but are not only to hear but also to do.  The word of life is planted within our hearts and save us because the words are loving. Loving is what we DO.  Lectio Divina, Pondered Reading of the Scripture gives life to our doing.

The doing leads to a life pure and undefiled before God, the Father. That life consists in doing!  Doing by care for orphans and widows, our sisters, our students, our infirm. The monastic life is not a head-trip but it is the combination of head, and heart.  The life is visible in the doing.   We see it all around us when we are here and carry away a bit of it when we are not.



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