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Saturday 18th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Saturday 18th Week of the Year

Matthew 17:14-20

Have any of us prayed for someone or something
and are still waiting for the Lord to answer that prayer?

Perhaps something comes to mind right now.

The disciples had this experience in today’s gospel.


After kneeling before Jesus and explaining to him
the condition of his son, the boy’s father told Jesus
the disciples were unable to heal his son.

How does Jesus respond to his follower’s ineptitude?

With a rebuke? Hardly!


He answered, “O faithless and perverse generation,
how long am I to be with you?
How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.”

On the surface, this response does seem stern.

But Jesus is expressing a deep hurt in his heart.


How long am I to be with you and you still don’t know me?

The disciples have yet to learn the source of Jesus healing power.

It’s not in some magical word or some powerful faith that we possess,
and others don’t.

It’s more than a charismatic gift given to “healers” for the good of the Church.


The source of Jesus healing power is his compassion,
as we hear so often, his thirst to suffer with us to heal us.

He did this so completely on the cross and told us
that we have to pick up our cross every day to follow him.

Only a selfless love will take the risk to hurt with another person.

Family members do this automatically with hardly any effort.


Faith in Jesus is found not in a creed filled with words
but in the heart that suffers with another person.

The expression to “remove mountains”
was a common Jewish expression for removing difficulties.

Again, Jesus refers to the mustard seed, tiny, yes,
but full of every ounce of love he has for all of us.

Remember it’s filled with Jesus’ DNA.


Reach out to someone and feel their pain,
so they know they are not alone.

Your mustard seed will start growing,
and the Lord will start bearing their pain on his cross
until they are healed.

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.

One Comment

  1. Very good today

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