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Monday 5th Week of the Year

Today’ Mass Readings

Monday 5th Week of the Year

Mark 6:53-56.

What is so special about the tassel of Jesus cloak everyone who touched it was healed?

It is amazing how just the mention of Jesus name,
people are scurrying about rushing,
laying down their sick in the hope
that they may touch the tassel of his cloak.

Why the tassel of his cloak?

It wasn’t because it was just easy to reach.

All Jews were commanded to wear tassels
because it was a reminder
of their faithfulness to God’s will
in everything they did.

The tassel from a prayer shawl
would touch a person’s thigh at every step
and so it reminded them to do God’s will
in every situation.

When the sick reached out and touched his tassels,
they were really expressing faith
that it was God’s will to heal through Jesus.

It’s like you couldn’t miss.

You and I can’t reach out and touch his tassels.

So what are we to do?

It doesn’t take much to realize
that the same Jesus who walked about
and healed people in Galilee and Judea
is the same Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament.

It is his will to heal
because his heart is full of compassion and sorrow
for our bodies and souls suffering from illness and sin.

He’s not just with us in one moment in history.

He is present in every moment
in every Catholic Church throughout the world,
so much does he want us to come to him –
he is so available to one and all.

Don’t be afraid to ask Jesus
for too much for yourself or for someone else.

Pour your heart out to him
for all who have lost hope themselves.

Jesus is the same today, yesterday and forever

How blessed we are to know that in a few moments
we all will be in communion with him.

That’s a lot more than just touching the tassel of his cloak.

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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