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Tuesday 18th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Tuesday 18th Week of the Year

Matthew 14:22-36.

We all know how good a gentle breeze feels on a hot afternoon. That’s nothing compared to that gentle breeze inside our spirits.

After the disciples dismissed the crowds,
Jesus dismisses the disciples.

You can just hear his thoughts,
“I need some peace and quiet.”

He did not have time to grieve
the violent death of his cousin John.

The crowd beat him around the lake
and compassion for them took over his heart.

 

The spectacular always catches our attention in the Gospel.

Jesus and Peter both walk on the water
not to mention the countless miracles he performed.

But all Jesus needs is a gentle breeze
that Elijah experienced on Mount Horeb.

 

We all know how good a gentle breeze feels on a hot, muggy day.

Following his example,
Jesus is inviting us to experience
that refreshing breeze in our spirits.

God was not present in the storms,
the earthquake or the fire for Elijah
but he is also in the gentle breeze.

Jesus needed that breeze of his Father’s Presence.

 

That gentle breeze is in all of us
when we turn to God in silence.

But first, we have to dismiss the crowds
and all our distractions.

The gentle breath of the Holy Spirit in us
can do great things for the glory of God.

 

But Peter left that breeze when he felt the force of the wind
as he was walking on water, reaching out for the hand of Jesus.

Our Lord’s hand was there to save him.

Who are the crowds and the disciples we have to dismiss
every day to enter into that gentle breeze within us?

That’s the first step on the water with Peter
and the second step is, “Jesus I trust in you.”

 

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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