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Thursday 14th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Thursday 14th Week of the Year.

Matthew 10:7-15.

Our unselfish love for others becomes contagious even when we perform the simplest act of giving them cold glass of water in the Lord’s Name.

Jesus tells his disciples
not to provide for any of their needs
when he sends them out.

They are to stay with a worthy person
in every village until they leave.

However, he wants them to know
that people’s response may vary
from welcoming them to rejecting them.
Staying with a family and eating with them
frees up the disciples for evangelizing.

It also calls for a generous response
from the townspeople to provide for their needs.

I find it intriguing how Jesus calls forth
this kind of a response from people
with whom we share the Good News.
Our proclamation of the kingdom
through works of charity in word and deed
will get a varied response as well.

The circumstances are a little bit different for us today.

We are not going from village to village.
We stay in our own homes and provide for our own needs.

We don’t have to stay with anyone.

So how can our presence with others
call forth a generous response from them?
The operative word is “Presence.”

We had a saying when I was growing up in Illinois,
“The Real McCoy.” That is the genuine article.

People are not just meeting a human being
when we minister to them in the most basic of ways,
like giving a cup of cold water.

Anything we do, we do for the Love of Jesus in that person.
He is working in their hearts
as we are pouring that cup of water.

We have no ulterior motive.

Our only motive is to love others in Christ Jesus.
He is allowing them to see our unselfish love for them
and it becomes contagious,
something they want to model in their own lives.

By the Lord’s grace, he will open their hearts
when he knows people are hungry for him.

We have an advantage over the 12 disciples.
We have all of our basic needs met.

Trusting in his Providence frees up our hearts |
to not be weighed down by possessions, worries,
and concerns about our welfare.

I cannot say enough how important it is
to thank the Lord and praise him
for looking after us so well.
His kindness to us makes it easy for us to love Jesus and others through the simplest acts of charity.

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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