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18th Sunday of the Year A   

Today’s Mass Readings

18th Sunday of the Year A   

Matthew 14:13-21.    

When we seek Jesus before anything else, he gives us so much that we can’t help 
but share with others, even when it’s inconvenient for us. 


We can certainly feel for Jesus,   
grieving after he heard about the beheading   
of his cousin, John the Baptist.    

Like any of us, he needed time alone to let the dust settle,   
his thoughts and feelings for John –   
he needed time to let that happen.    

It’s amazing how the loss of a loved one   
can drain all our energy physically, emotionally –   
the shock can be unbearable.    


So much for our plans –   
when the people see Jesus leaving in a boat,   
they skedaddle and beat him around the lake.    

When he sees 25 to 30,000 people coming to the lake,  
something bursts inside his heart,   
a compassion that made him forget his tired mind and body.    

He hauls in the anchor.   

Like a magnet, he’s drawn to them.    


Did we ever think that the people   
put their need to be with Jesus
before their hungers and personal wants?    

Can you see what that does to Jesus   
when he is in the boat, and the people want him   
more than anything else?    


He not only answers our needs   
but he answers them abundantly.    

When we seek Jesus before anything else,   
he gives us so much that we can’t help   
but share with others, even when it’s inconvenient for us,
even when we must run around a lake to be with him.    

Like Jesus, our compassion for them bursts in our hearts too.   

God takes our sacrifices   
and he can’t help but multiply our acts of kindness   
to work marvels and wonders in the lives of others. 


I kept thinking about these good people running around the lake to meet up with Jesus. 

They didn’t even consider the sacrifice or the inconvenience this would cause them. 

I must admit that I’m a bit ashamed that I could make more sacrifices to be with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel more often than I do. 

It’s going to take some pondering – how much do I want to be with Jesus? 


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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