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Wednesday 19th Week of the Year.

Today’s Mass Readings

Wednesday 19th Week of the Year.

Matthew 18:15-20.

Jesus knows we will not get along with everyone, so he gives us a way to deal with it.

How nice would it be to get along with everyone?

I don’t think that’s the real world.

Jesus knew this, and he addressed it point-blank.

 

“If your brother should commit some wrong against you,
go and point out his fault, but keep it between the two of you.”

 

We pray for harmony and peace
but not everyone is going to take
the same stand we do on every issue.

We see this happening in our country
with politics and racial disputes.

People are killing people they don’t even know.

 

Well, someone has to take a stand against hatred.

And Jesus gives us the way to stop the hatred before it starts.

The first step is, to be honest about our feelings and own them.

 

No one is responsible for my thoughts and feelings, but me.

I ask the Lord for the grace to bind
those hateful, hurtful thoughts and feelings
I have toward someone.

Jesus gives us the power to bind and loose.

 

When we are unwilling to bind hurtful thoughts and feelings
we have toward someone
the sins of anger and resentment
and ultimately, hatred will bind us.

Peace of mind and heart go out the window.

James L. Menapace states this:

To harbor resentments is like closing a wound with all the infection still inside. No healing can ever take place. The wound has to be lanced and opened and cleanse before it can heal. Someone has said that resentment is like drinking poison, hoping the other person dies.

 

But watch what happens when we take a stand
not against a person or group of people
but against the sin in our hearts.

 

We know more than ever our need for a Savior
and he is so ready to save us.

Sure it will take courage to talk something through
with a person who hurts us:
it may take a lot of talking;
plenty of prayer and a lot of love
to restore the relationship.

When it is really difficult,
I like to soak my heart with the words of Jesus on the cross,
” Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)

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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