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Monday 15th Week of the Year  

Monday 15th Week of the Year

Monday 15th Week of the Year  

Matthew 10:34-11:1 

Take some time to pray over the people in our lives who strengthen and who weaken our relationship with Jesus and the Church. 

Jesus lived in a culture that had strong family ties. 

In that culture aunts and uncles, cousins and in-laws 
all lived in the same household. 

They were your lifeline and to lose them 
would be like a walking suicide 
where a person became a beggar.
 

It was tough decision to leave your family for Jesus. 

How different our American culture compared to
people who lived in our Lord’s time. 

After high school kids go off to college
and maybe they’ll return home but likely
they will get a job out of state.
 

While we do not have these strong family ties, 
we still have distractions in our culture 
that can keep us from following Jesus with all our hearts. 

Sometimes we have to step back, 
and prayerfully consider the people 
we relate to every day. 

Do the people in our lives 
strengthen or weaken our love and commitment to Jesus?
 

Just lift each one up in the presence of Jesus. 

And what kind of influence 
are these people having in our lives? 

Thank Jesus for those individuals 
who strengthen our faith and love in him.
 

If anyone is a challenge 
to our relationship with Jesus, 
don’t just write them off. 

Pray for them and let us pray for ourselves 
that we may have the courage 
to speak openly with them 
about Jesus and what he means to us. 

What can we say to them and how can we say it 
that makes them know we are serious?
 

What examples can we use? 

Don’t worry about initial reactions they may have 
but give each person time to chew it over. 

Jesus thirsts for their love as much as he thirsts for our love.
 

The word that Jesus repeated in today’s short verses is “anyone.” 

He mentioned “anyone” three times. 

That “anyone” may be the one person 
for whom we are thinking about right now. 

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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