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Friday 1st Week of Ordinary Time

Today’ Mass Readings

Friday 1st Week of Ordinary Time

Mark 2:1-12

We go out of our way to help the handicap.

It may seem strange to us that people in today’s Gospel
would not let paralytic see Jesus.


In the Mediterranean mindset at that time,
people would have nothing to do with the paralytic.

Paralysis or any illness was the result of a personal sin.

No one can do anything about that
so why bother with the paralytic.

Ignore him.

Jesus did not see it that way.

One of God’s children was hurting
and Jesus would not let that continue.

He healed the whole person, body and soul.

He did not sit in judgment of the man.


We have to ask ourselves who is the most helpless,
the man who couldn’t walk

or the people who couldn’t move from judgment to forgiveness?


Perhaps it’s time, a call from the Lord,

to not only ask for forgiveness for our own personal sins,

but to ask the Lord for the light of the Holy Spirit

to reveal to us how we sit in judgment of other people.


Please God, His mercy in us will help us

open wide the doorways of our church,

as wide as the Lord opens our hearts.

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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