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Friday 2nd Week of Lent

Today’s Mass Readings

Friday 2nd Week of Lent.

Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46.

Virtues and vices are both cultivated
over a person’s life.

We can see how peer pressure influenced
the servants in today’s Gospel parable.

We can see how peer pressure influenced
the servants in today’s Gospel parable.

We tell young people to be careful
which crowd they hang out with.
The master put much trust in the servants.

Rather than being grateful to the owner of the vineyard,
they were self-seeking, jealous,
power-hungry, and even murderous.

The servants in today’s parable told by Jesus
did not become that way overnight.
How did they get that way?

They were violent towards the servants and the Son
because they were violent to themselves internally.

They had no healthy love or respect for themselves.
What is even worse,
they didn’t trust the owner
who gave them everything
and only asked that he be given back his due.

And what was his due?

Not just the goods at the end of the harvest,
but first their loyalty and trust in him.
It’s amazing how much good
that God can accomplish through us
when we trust him completely.

Like a child puts it’s trust in mom and dad
that it won’t go hungry,
we put our trust in God
that he will always provide for us.
St. Faustina wrote in her diary,
“Encourage the souls with whom you come in contact to trust in My infinite mercy. Oh, how I love those souls who have complete confidence in Me – I will do everything for them.”

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.

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