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Thursday 1st Week of Easter

Today’s Mass Readings

Thursday 1st Week of Easter

Luke 24:35-48.

We have to do more than pray with or for people. We are graced by God to stay with them all the way through the pains and sufferings.

In this passage Jesus is telling and showing his disciples
that they must never forget his passion and death.

“Look at my hands and my feet.”

And again, “Thus it is written that the Christ
would suffer and rise from the dead the third day.
Then he tells them to preach in his name to all nations.

They would soon learn as we must continue to learn
that our preaching is not in words only.

We preach by doing.

We preach by being with people in their struggles
and seeing them through those struggles.
“Stay with us Lord.”

And with Jesus we have to stay with them.

It’s one thing to say a prayer with someone and wish them well.
It’s another thing to take a few minutes and listen
to a bit of their story so we can bear their pain with them.

You can’t teach someone to care in a book or in a lecture.

Caring for someone, loving someone,
taking time with people are all acts of God in us
loving other people as only God can through us.
And the surprise is that it comes
as natural and is as simple as 123.

It’s the way that God made us in his image and likeness.

It is called, “Communion.”

When you think about it in this way,
every time we turn around and see someone,
Jesus is again showing us his hands and feet.

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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