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Saturday 13th Week of the Year

Today’s Readings

Saturday 13th Week of the Year

Matthew 9:14-17.

The Gospel is not a Sunday patch but a whole way of life and a whole new way of seeing everything.

What do we think about the following scenario?

A child is sharing with a friend –
“My Mom and Dad are part-time.

“We eat may be three times a week,
four if we are lucky because
that’s the only time we ever see each other.”

Or how about this one?

“My husband and I got married but we agreed
we would see each other only on the weekends especially Sunday.

“The rest of the week we would do our own individual thing.”

How much trust would we put in a part time doctor,
lawyer or contractor who was only halfhearted about their work?

And so in all honesty there is no such thing
as a part-time disciple of Jesus.

So Jesus makes his point
that a patch of un-shrunken cloth
cannot be put on an old cloak.

It will just tear away when there’s any strain.

New wine in old skins will burst the skins.

Going to church only on Sunday can be like that.

But sometimes we expect
that one hour with Jesus on Sunday
to change everything and make us into a new person.

The Gospel is not a Sunday patch
but a whole way of life
and a whole new way of seeing everything.

Like any healthy human relationship,
discipleship is a daily conversion to Jesus.

We are always changing.

It’s about thanking him for every gift
and turning to him in every need.

It’s listening to the Scriptures, every day,
waiting for that life-giving word
which will give us a new insight or strength
in a struggle we may be experiencing.

It’s about telling him we are sorry
as soon as we become aware of our sinfulness.

St. Paul put it like this, “Clothe yourselves with Christ” (Romans 13:14) and “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Living every day in relationship with Jesus,
Sunday through Saturday,
will keep us in healthy relationships with everyone else.

God cannot put his new Grace every day
in an old way of living for ourselves.

“Pour  new wine into fresh wineskins and both are preserved”
for something wonderful that God will do with us everyday.

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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