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Monday 23rd Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Monday 23rd Week of the Year

Luke 6:6-11.

Monday 23rd Week of the Year

Luke 6:6-11

Jesus doesn’t react to people or situations.  He creates them.

Did Jesus heal this man’s withered hand
to make a point with the scribes and Pharisees?

The Law of Moses forbade all work on the Sabbath,
and this was a Sabbath day.

They saw healing as work and wanted to discredit Jesus
should he heal the man on this holy day.

Jesus will not allow them to manipulate him
nor does he heal the man to make a point.

Jesus doesn’t react to people or situations.

He creates them.

When anyone reacts to someone or something,
that outside influence determines what they say and do.

God’s Grace does not react but initiates and creates opportunities
for us to become like His Son.

And that grace begins not outside of us but inside of us.

Following Jesus and welcoming his love in us for other people
causes us to respond in charity to needs that come our way.

The man with the withered hand did not ask Jesus to heal him.

Jesus only said, “Come up and stand before us.”

And when he asked if  it was lawful
to do good or evil on the Sabbath,
the man stretched out his hand
at the command of Jesus and he healed his hand.

This scene in the Gospel is not about Jesus
showing up the scribes and Pharisees
but about methodically executing his plan
to reach out to all who live on the margins of society.

Let us surrender ourselves to the will of Jesus
that we will reach out our hand to the forgotten in society,
whatever it may cost us.

If that is too difficult to do in a situation,
let us ask the intercession of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
to fill our hearts and our hands
with the courage and love that filled hers.

As she so often prayed,

Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy divine presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only 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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