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Monday 18th Week of the Year  

Today’s Readings

Monday 18th Week of the Year  

Matthew 14:13-21.  

When we seek Jesus before anything else, he gives us so much that we can’t help
but share with others, even when it’s inconvenient for us

We can certainly feel for Jesus,
grieving after he heard about the beheading
of his cousin, John the Baptist.  

Like any of us, he needed time alone to let the dust settle,
his thoughts and feelings for John –
he needed time to let that happen.  

It’s amazing how the loss of a loved one
can drain all of our energy physically, emotionally –
the shock can be unbearable.  

 

So much for our plans –
when the people see Jesus leaving in a boat,
they skedaddle and beat him around the lake.  

When he sees 25 to 30,000 people coming to the lake,
something bursts inside his heart,
a compassion that made him forget his tired mind and body.  

He hauls in the anchor. 

Like a magnet, he’s drawn to them.  

 

Did we ever think that the people
put their need to be with Jesus
before their hungers and personal wants?  

Can you see what that does to Jesus
when he is in the boat, and the people want him
more than anything else?  

 

He not only answers our needs
but he answers them abundantly.  

When we seek Jesus before anything else,
he gives us so much that we can’t help
but share with others, even when it’s inconvenient for us,
even when we have to run around a lake to be with him.

Like Jesus, our compassion for them bursts in our hearts too.  

 

God takes our sacrifices
and he can’t help but multiply our acts of kindness
to work marvels and wonders in the lives of others.

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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