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Thursday 2nd Week of Advent

Today’ Mass Readings

Thursday 2nd Week of Advent.

Matthew 11:11-15

How Jesus ministers to our weakness and sinfulness without being condescending.

When I think how great John the Baptist is in proclaiming the coming of God’s kingdom in Jesus, I ponder on the truth that the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

St. John did not have Jesus as a model for living.

His role was to recognize Jesus as the one who is to come.

He did this by preaching repentance and to pray for the forgiveness of sins.

Unlike St. John, we have Jesus as our model and the One Who minister’s to us in our weakness and sinfulness.

He does this without being condescending.

For He does not administer his mercy from a great throne covered in royal robes and jewels of every kind causing fear in us.

He does it from the cross on which he dies inspiring in us great love and devotion.

From the violence of the cross inflicted on Jesus, he pleads for us to accept his mercy and to become that mercy to others.

Wherever we go He is gracing us to “turn the desert into a marshland, and the dry ground into new springs of water.”

St. John could only point to the one who is mercy Himself.

The least in the kingdom of God is His son and daughter.

We are mercy with Jesus.

Jesus is the face of mercy.

May we be a perfect reflection of our Lord Jesus.

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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