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Saturday 26th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings.

Saturday 26th Week of the Year

Luke 10:17-24.

There are cries deep within our hearts that only our heavenly Father can understand.

You can see Jesus taking it all in, listening to story after story.

It’s like the disciples can’t get it out fast enough,
relating what happened on their missionary journey:
the healings in Jesus’ Name, driving out Satan from people’s lives.


The joy in Jesus’ heart was building so fast and so much
that His heart burst into prayer.

“Thank you, Father, that these little ones,
these children know you as I know you.

You are becoming their father too”.


The word Jesus used was not children, but “napios.”

It’s a term that describes a ‘babe in its mother’s arms”.

Sure they were grown men in the world,
but in the Kingdom of heaven, they were babes.

It has nothing to do with maturity or lack of maturity.

It is a disposition of heart
that frees up our thoughts and desires
to be in total surrender to Jesus.


Think of the infant crying out when it’s hungry.

It can’t rationalize the pain in their stomach.

All it can do is cry out from deep within, “take away the pain.”

St. Paul uses that term when he says the Holy Spirit
groans in us in ways that we cannot express in words.


It’s an alarming sound deep in our hearts
that reach the ears of our Father in heaven.

Instinctively it knows it will get a response.

It’s the moment Jesus reveals to us His Father
in the love of the Holy Spirit.

We can know  the Father of Jesus in our hearts.

Just as the infant instinctively knows the food is coming,
even when such an event is beyond its comprehension.


We can hear the word of Jesus so clearly.

And it doesn’t happen one time only.

It’s this “cry” of the Holy Spirit deep within us
whenever we are so helpless, so poor in spirit
that the Father can’t help pouring out in our laps
the treasures of heaven in abundance.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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