Homily at Mass of Thanksgiving for Fr. Raymund Snyder
1. Introduction: Fr. Jarrod Lies, known Br. Raymund for 13 years, High school chaplain and friend.
2. A vision of a water swelling as a new man rises from primordial waters.
a. Universal man: a man well versed in all areas. A true Christian – Christ like.
b. We are all baptized to be “alter Christus”
c. Yesterday you lay prostrate on the floor and the Holy Spirit was invoked upon you so that you were made a new man in Christ. A man that is to be totally conformed to Christ.
d. While at Bishop Carroll I spoke of this total man in six essential parts.
a. “Sacrifice or oblation you did not desire, rather a body you prepared for me.” (Ps 40:6)
b. Always remember that your Dominican roots were founded in St. Francis parish the Saint who called his body “brother ass” because he knew it propensity for rebellion and stubbornness.
c. St. Paul, “I drive my body and I train it for fear that having preached to others I myself might be disqualified.” (1 Cor 9:27) – fasting, sacrifice and exercise
a. “How good and pleasant it is when brother’s live in unity.” (Ps 133:1)
b. “As rocks in a bag lose their sharp edges, so do brothers form one another.”
c. Take on the smell of the sheep.
a. The Dominican battle ground
b. “Christ reigns by unfolding himself in men.” –
c. the intellectual life – the omen of things to come – the vocation to the truth
d. The pursuit of truth and beauty for the up building of the body of Christ.
a. the Christian paradigm - “Put on the mind of Christ.” - (1 Cor 2:16)
b. “Whatever to true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned, and seen and heard in me.” (Phil 4:8)
a. Christ rejoiced, Christ wept, Christ was perturbed, Christ was angry, Christ was blunt, Christ was peaceable.
b. Emotions are to preaching what air is to fire. For lack of air a fire dies, for too violent of air a fire is overwhelmed.
c. This is the “boldness” the “paresheia” of the Holy Spirit. (4:31)
a. “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor 3:16)
b. “Remain in me and I will remain in you.” (John 15:4)
c. The privilege of baptism - the indwelling Trinity: Child of the Father, Brother of Jesus, Temple of the Holy Spirit.
d. The point of the ontological change- the locus of the new man to whom you will spend your whole life conforming.
a. With Pope Francis make your fundamental identity one of a sinner in need of conversion.
b. It is to this end that St. Paul can “boast of his afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, endurance proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint.” (Rom 5:5)
c. Until you “arrive at maturity unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Eph 4:13)
a. You laid down “alter Christus” you arose “in persona Christi captitis”.
b. “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal 2:20)
c. This will ensure that you will always be a fresh gift given to others. What you do sacramentally on the altar, you must be everyday in your vocation: a gift ontologically changed into Christ’s presence.
d. The same power that was effective at the dawn of creation is effective in the Eucharist and was effective on you. Rely on that sacrament.
e. “May God who has begun this good work in you bring it to completion.” (Phil 1:6)