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Wednesday 2nd Week of Lent

Today’s Mass Readings

Wednesday 2nd Week of Lent

Matthew 20:17-28.

How difficult it can be bear the truth of ourselves to another, but it can be so freeing and rewarding.

“Are you willing to drink the cup I am to drink?”

As Jesus is making his way to Jerusalem
something is burning inside of his heart.

He so much wants his friends to know
what is about to happen to him.

How he will be so mistreated,
mocked, scourged and crucified
and  be raised on the third day.
Do any of us have something
we really need to tell someone
we love and yet fear is holding us back?

What will their reaction be?

It may be an operation
and we don’t want to alarm them.

Or it may be something very embarrassing
that we feel so foolish and humbled by
and yet we can’t help but tell them.
I’m sure Jesus knew his disciples would find it difficult to understand,
but he still told them
because he loved them with his whole heart.

Even if they reject him and as he foretold,
Peter would deny him,
he knows that his enduring love for them
will see them through the road ahead.

Let’s not get excited at a person’s first reaction
to our revelation.
Oh, how we need that enduring love in our relationships!

It may surprise us sometimes
that we can bear our hearts to someone we love
and trust enough that God will give them the grace
to bear with us as we bear our souls to them.
I know I’ve been afraid to do this
wondering how a person may react.

But I promise you this,
when I have been so vulnerable,
our relationship grew to a depth we never knew.

These kinds of friends are a gift to us from the heart of Jesus.
Jesus shows us that when we love people to the end,
we have nothing to fear.

When we speak the truth about ourselves,
his love in us for them will grow
and endure any human reaction they may have.

Jesus served his disciples and us
by bearing his heart to us.

Let us follow his example and serve each other.

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.

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