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Wednesday 1st. Week of Advent

Today’ Mass Readings

Wednesday 1st. Week of Advent

Matthew 15:29-37

In the miracle of the loaves, there was no bottom to the baskets when the disciples passed out the bread and fish because there is no limit to Jesus’ ability to give of Himself.

Let’s look closer to see how Jesus sets the standard for us.

It was a very busy day.

Jesus taught the people.

He healed them of all their diseases and illnesses.

And yet, He saw there was more to be done.

Next, he fed the 5000 until they were satisfied.

He doesn’t fill just some needs and then say, “Well I’ve done my part. That’s enough.”

There was no bottom to the baskets when the disciples passed out the bread and fish because there is no limit to Jesus’ ability to give of Himself.

That endless gift to meet other’s needs, all their needs, is in us because Jesus is truly in us in Holy Communion.

It doesn’t come from our human resources which are limited.

Our human resources can only do so much.

The basket that never runs out is the compassion Jesus has for others in us that cannot look away.

We can’t help but suffer with them, feel their hunger with them.

We tap the source of his divine compassion for others when we’ve given all we can humanly give.

For the last gift, we can offer anyone is our self.

When we give that away, the miracle of seven loaves and two fish begins.

That basket never empties because it is from within ourselves that others receive Jesus.

The Gospel says, they all ate, and there were still leftovers.

With Jesus, we will always have more to give.

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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