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Wednesday 23rd Week of the Year  

Today’s Mass Readings

Wednesday 23rd Week of the Year  

Luke 6:20-26.  

Think how Jesus lived a quiet life away
from the crowds for 30 years.  

Whenever he went to the synagogue,
he would hear the Law of Moses
and how people interpreted that Law.  

The Law proclaimed in the Synagogue
that God rewarded the good and punished the bad. 

 

No wonder why Jesus delighted in the rich young man
who wanted know if there was more to life
than just keeping the commandments.  

Surely there has to be more to our relationship with God
then do’s and don’ts.  

Jesus looks at that emptiness inside of our hearts and tells us,
“How blessed you are who are poor, hungry,
and weeping because you know there’s more!”  

 

We never have to be afraid to be vulnerable before Jesus.  

We can embrace with both arms and our whole heart
that hunger and thirst for the more that God wants to give us.  

We can rejoice and be glad
that in our poverty and weakness before God
we are truly rich because we have found him
or more to the truth – he has found us.  

 

Now there is no fear in our hearts to tell him in all honesty: “  

I can’t love that much;  

I can’t forgive that person;  

I can’t let go of my own will and my own way;  

I don’t know how to sacrifice what I have and give it to the poor;   

I can’t turn the other cheek.  

 

In such a moment of truth,
God our Father is holding us in the palm of his hand.  

Our will and our way of doing things for God
to prove our love for him falls by the wayside.  

Our heart is no longer empty trying to please God
and never being able to do so.  

 

When we honestly tell God, “I can’t,”
that is the moment of great blessing when God says to us
“But I can, and I will work with you.  

With Me, all things are possible for you.”  

 

We are so blessed to be so rich in Christ.  

May the poor, the hungry and the sorrowing
we intentionally meet today be as rich as well
because of our poverty before God.  

 

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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