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Saturday 6th Week of Easter

Today’s Readings

Saturday 6th Week of Easter

John 16:23-28.

In prayer, we can approach God like a beggar hoping we will get something. Or we can approach him like his son or daughter, knowing he will only give us only good things.

We know how shocking it is
to hear reports on the news
how some parents neglect their children
in one form or another.

Whatever the reason may be,
they think they can deny their child
the most basic needs to make a point with them.

You can just hear such a child begging and pleading
with her mom or dad; I’m hungry

Such reports shock us to the core.

Jesus states so clearly in today’s Gospel,
“The Father Himself loves you.”

In prayer, we can approach God like a beggar
hoping we will get something.

Or we can approach him like his son or daughter,
knowing he will only give us only good things.

There is a way to ask for our needs
with honor and respect to God,
fully expecting that he will give it to us.

This approach would be much like
going up to someone we love and say,
“Give me a hug,” or “I need a hug.”

Will not the person who hugs us
experience our gratitude?

We are not asking with the possibility
that our request will be refused.

We are asking with confidence
that our request will be granted without a doubt
because we know that person loves us.

A final comment: the greater we are aware
that the Father himself loves us,
the more we will honor him with a life
pleasing to him
and the more we will want to become
like his Only Begotten Son.

A real transformation takes place in us.

We will be more confident as we approach our Heavenly Father.

For whatever we ask, big or small,
let us approach him like we were simply saying,
“Dad, I need a hug.”

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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