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Monday 1st Week of Lent

Today’s Mass Readings

Monday 1st Week of Lent.

Matthew 25:31-36

We will see Jesus in the poor
when we do for them what we would do for him?

Mother Teresa of Calcutta writes,

One of our novices from afar-country and a well-to-do family. She was sent right away to our home for the destitute who are dying, just like the rest of the novices. Before they left I told them, “During Mass you have seen with what care and tenderness the priest touched the Body of Christ changed into the Bread of Life. Do the same in the home for the dying destitute.”
Three hours later the novices returned. The newly arrived novice came up to me and said full of joy, “Mother, I have been touching the Body of Christ for three hours!” I asked her, “What have you done?” She said that she had rescued a man lying in the gutter, half eaten by worms. “I really felt that I was touching the Body of Christ as Jesus said, I was sick, and you visited me.”

(Magnificat P. 205, Monday January 15th)
We don’t have the poor of Calcutta lying in our streets.

But we do have the poor of heart
who like the poor of Calcutta are unloved and unwanted,
especially by their own.
Who is the Body of Christ in our homes and families,
our parish and neighborhoods?
What might happen if we touch them
with the same care and tenderness
the priest touches the Body of Christ at Mass?

We will see Jesus in the poor
when we do for them what we would do for him?

Pray for this grace for each other.

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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