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Monday 9th Week of the Year 

Today’s Mass Readings

Monday 9th Week of the Year 

Mark 12:1-12

All of our time, all of our goods of this world, all of our talents are gifts from God’s generous heart. Our Lord leases them to us for everyone’s good. 

As I pray through this gospel sometimes, the words,
“Thank you, Lord”, starts jumping out at me. 

We can’t say how important it is
to show our appreciation to the Lord Jesus.  

I have learned how important it is
to begin my examination of conscience
at the end of the day thanking God for all my blessings.
 

I ask the Holy Spirit to remind me
especially of the ones I forgot
and show me the ones
I didn’t know were blessings from our Lord’s own heart. 

There is a very good reason I bring this up
while reflecting on the gospel of the evil tenants. 

They forgot the owner “leased” the Vineyard to them. 

Everything they had was a gift
to be used to produce good fruit
for everyone’s benefit.
 

Human nature finds it very easy
to take anything for granted
and ultimately everything for granted. 

The owner supplied everything
for the stewards to do their work
and cultivate a profitable product. 

God is not only generous but very trusting.
 

We have the freedom to make choices every day
to be grateful and trust him,
or we may choose to be ungrateful and self-seeking. 

If this goes unchecked, we can become jealous and power-hungry. 

Certain violence settles within us
like it did the tenants in the parable. 

And our good heart becomes like sour grapes. 

The tenants in the gospel
could not love and respect the owner’s messengers,
even the son because they had no healthy love
or respect for themselves.
 

There only dignity and worth was in what they owned,
how much they had, and they wanted everything at any cost. 

All of this can be avoided with a simple thank you to the Lord 

All of our time, all of our goods of this world,
all of our talents are gifts from God’s generous heart.
 

Our Lord leases them to us for everyone’s good. 

The glass of water we give to someone who is thirsty
is the share of the produce the owner is looking for from us. 

Every day let us give back to the owner what is his due.
 

Don’t forget, very important:
Begin your examination of conscience tonight with a thank you. 

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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