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Tuesday 6th Week of the Year

Today’ Mass Readings

Tuesday 6th Week of the Year.

Introduction.

Jesus warns the disciples to guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod. Relying only on our own resources hardens our hearts to receive God’s generosity. We pray now for his mercy.

Homily.

This leaven of the Pharisees, trusting in ourselves,
hardens a person’s heart to Jesus.

Mark 8:14-21.

It’s amazing what God can do
with ordinary people who don’t get it.

Children in school
who don’t get it the first time around
go to summer camp.

They either go to get what they missed the first time
or to sharpen the skills they already have.

In either case, they need to spend quality time,
extra time with the master.

The disciples needed that extra time with Jesus.

They forgot to bring enough bread on the boat.

This was an occasion for Jesus to teach them
that He was Lord of our life and everything in it.

Watch out! Jesus is telling us:

“Don’t become like the Pharisee and Herod
who are only concerned about themselves.

Their leaven is so weak, so small
because all they trust in is in their
meagre human resources.

So limited, when they run out,
they don’t turn to God or to Me”.

This leaven, trusting in ourselves,
hardens a person’s heart to Jesus.

He really wants us to understand with our hearts first
that all we have to do is turn to him and receive God’s plenty..

His works of compassion are for every age and every generation.

Reminding his disciples of the number of times
he fed thousands with very little,
he will always take the little we have
and provide more than enough
when our eyes are fixed on him first.

If we find ourselves in the boat
with only one loaf to feed so many,
don’t be anxious.

Just look at Jesus and smile,
because all things are possible
for the one who puts their trust in him.

When we can’t smile,
go to summer camp and spend time with Jesus.

Summer camp is the Blessed Sacrament.

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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