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Monday 15th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Monday 15th Week of the Year

Matthew 10:34-11:1

Take some time to pray over the people in our lives who strengthen and who weaken our relationship with Jesus and the Church.

Jesus lived in a culture that had strong family ties.

In that culture aunts and uncles, cousins and in-laws
all lived in the same household.

They were your lifeline and to lose them
would be like a walking suicide
where a person became a beggar.
It was a tough decision to leave your family for Jesus.

How different our American culture compared to
people who lived in our Lord’s time.

After high school kids go off to college
and maybe he’ll return home but likely
they will get a job out of state.
While we do not have these strong family ties,
we still have distractions in our culture
that can keep us from following Jesus with all our hearts.

Sometimes we have to step back,
and prayerfully consider the people
we relate to every day.

Do the people in our lives
strengthen or weaken our love for Jesus?
Just lift each one up in the presence of Jesus.

And what kind of influence
are these people having in our lives?

Thank Jesus for those individuals
who strengthen our faith and love in him.
If anyone is a challenge
to our relationship with Jesus,
don’t just write them off.

Pray for them and let us pray for ourselves
that we may have the courage
to speak openly with them
about Jesus and what he means to us.

What can we say to them and how can we say it
that makes them know we are serious?
What examples can we use?

Don’t worry about initial reactions they may have
but give each person time to chew it over.

Jesus thirsts for their love as much as he thirsts for our love.
The word that Jesus repeated in today’s short verses is “anyone.”

He mentioned “anyone” three times.

That “anyone” may be the one person
for whom we are thinking about right now.

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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