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Fr. Steven Scherrer, MM, ThD
Homily of Monday, 30th Week of the Year, October 29, 2012
Eph. 4:32-5:8, Ps. 1, Luke 13:10-17

"Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God" (Eph. 5:2).

Because of Christ's sacrificial death for us we are new men (Eph. 4:22-24), a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), and we should live in a new way, no longer following the desires of the flesh, a life of pleasure, imitating the lifestyle of the world around us. Living according to the secularized culture in which we live is to be far from God and in darkness. By his death on the cross Jesus Christ redeemed us from this, so that "now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been bought near in the blood of Christ" (Eph. 2:13). This is why we are now to live in a new way, worthy of our calling in Christ. He changed our whole situation by his sacrifice of himself. He has rescued us from darkness and now shines upon us. He "gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God" (Eph. 5:2). In doing this he satisfied the just requirement of the law for us that we die for our sins (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 8:3-4). He died in our place, serving our death sentence on our behalf, expiating our sins. He paid in this sacrifice of himself our debt for our sins to set us free, acquitted and justified.

Christ "gave himself as a ransom for all" (1 Tim. 2:6). He "gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age" (Gal. 1:4). He "gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds" (Titus 2:14). "The Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matt. 20:28). "He died for all, that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised" (2 Cor. 5:15). So "we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all" (Heb. 10:10).

The result of the death of Christ on the cross, suffering our just punishment for our sins for us, is that God forgives our sins when we believe in Christ, invoking the merits of his death. Thus does he free us from the darkness of guilt to walk henceforth in his light. "For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light" (Eph. 5:8). Therefore "awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light" (Eph. 5:14). God saved you in Christ "that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Pet. 2:9).

Fundamental to all this is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our salvation. This is the means that God used to save man. This is the message that we preach. This is the key to the New Evangelization that we now need. This is what the Church now needs to rediscover and put at the very center of her preaching. In light of this saving reality, Christians should henceforth "live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised" (2 Cor. 5:15).


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