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Wednesday 32nd Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Wednesday 32nd Week of the Year

Luke 17:11-19

The story of the 10 lepers – When we have nothing to give him but our ills and our sorrows, He heals us as we go on our way.

Once again Jesus catches us off guard.

Usually, he heals someone on the spot.

But in today’s gospel with the ten lepers,
he tells them to go on their way
and to show themselves to the priest.

 

Amazingly, on their way, they were cured.

That might not seem so surprising until you think
that he ordered them to act
as though the healing had already taken place.

They started down the road with their bodies
still full of sores and their limbs falling off.

 

It’s the same beautiful gift of faith
that Jesus asked of Peter
when he calls him to get out of the boat
and walks on water with him.

Faith in Jesus is most efficacious
when there is no evidence to believe in him.

His word is enough.

 

This is the joy and the explosion of God’s love in our lives.

When we have nothing to give him
but our ills and our sorrows,
He heals us as we go on our way.

When we have nothing to give him
but our sinfulness, he says,
“Your faith has saved you.”

 

Let us rejoice in our nothingness
and be grateful for it because
God is going to do something very exciting.

And if we need help, pray with Mother Mary,
“Let it be done to me according to your Word.”

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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