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Thursday 2nd Week of Easter

Today’ Mass Readings

Thursday 2nd Week of Easter

Acts 5:27-33; John 3:31-36

The good works of Jesus is a testimony to us of what His Father is like. We are the Body of Christ and our deep concern and care for others every day is our testimony to what Jesus is like.

Jesus tells us in the Gospel
that he testifies to what he has seen and heard.

When someone testifies in court,
they swear to tell the truth
about what they have seen and heard.

And this is done normally through speech.
But Jesus testifies to what he has seen and heard
from his Father with every fiber of his being.

He looks at the rich young man
and the gospel tells us, “he loved him.”

He coats the eyes of a blind man
with mud that he made from his own spittle,
and the man could see
after he washed the mud from his eyes.

Jesus touched so many people with his hands
and they were cured.

He spoke so many words of forgiveness
and he breaths that forgiveness on the Apostles
after his resurrection.

And without exhausting the point,
even the clothes he wore
testified to what God is like
as the woman with the hemorrhage discovered
after she touched the hassle of his cloak.

And with his death Jesus witnessed
that God’s love for us was worth
losing his Son in the most horrendous way.

Well, we have hands and mouths and ears
and everything that Jesus had
to become a sacrament or sign of his Divinity.

In Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Council
declared the Church as a sacrament. (Ch. 1.1)

Jesus fills his Church, his Bride,
with divine gifts that she may obtain fullness.

As Church, we attain our fullness
when we see in everyone we meet
the face of Jesus.

Oh, he may be hidden
behind the behavior and things
that are not so appealing to our senses.

People with basic needs
are not always prim and proper.

So we keep searching for his glory in them.

Even their hardness of hearts
and annoying personality traits
do not put us off.

Our kindness, our listening,
our helping and showing respect and dignity
in thousands of little ways as anyone needs
reveals the face of Christ to us and to them.

We are the Body of Christ
and a deep concern and care for others every day
is our testimony to what God is like.

As for the miracles, they will definitely come.

Let’s leave that concern to 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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