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Thursday 5th Week of Lent

Today’ Mass Readings

Thursday 5th Week of Lent.

John 8:51-59.

Have you ever question why God does not perform the great miracles that he did in the past, such as the parting of the Red Sea, or the miracles that Jesus performed?

Well in today’s readings we find the answer that question.

In those readings we hear two very human reactions
to statements that defy human reasoning.

When Abraham’s wife, Sarah,
was told that her husband, an old man,
will become a father, not only of one child
but a host of nations, she laughed.

And later, Abraham heard
that he would be given a new name,
inherit a huge piece of land,
and his children and children’s children will be kings.

He didn’t laugh or throw up his arms
and walk away from God and his plans.

Abraham trusted in God and his word.

And because of that trust
God was free to establish with Abraham a covenant
that lasts until this day.

 

And in the gospel why do some people believe
that Jesus came from the Father,
and others who don’t turned on him
and wanted to stone him.

Why the two different reactions?

Our human minds can only grasp so much.

If all he called us to do
was to be better human beings,
we could understand and accept that.

But Jesus calls us into mystery.

And in that mystery
he empowers us to live his life, a divine life:

To love and honor his Father as he loves and honors him;
to love everyone without exception with his sacrificial love.

 

These are all nice ideas until we practice them
and find out when we trust Jesus as completely as we can
his Father’s life and love changes everything.

It will truly surprise us how easy and enjoyable it is
to forgive, to show compassion,
to be generous and give more of ourselves than we ever dreamed.

It’s a life we will never understand in its fullness,
but a life we can live in its fullness.

 

Just say, “Lord Jesus there are so many things
I don’t understand that you call me to do,
why I have to forgive my brother and sister,
why I have to pick up my cross daily,
why I have to become what I eat in the Eucharist,
but Jesus, I trust you.

”With your help, I will follow you wherever you go
every day of my life.”

With such trust, we can all become one of Jesus modern day miracles.

The miracle of the heart is the greatest miracle of all.

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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