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Saturday 32nd Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Saturday 32nd Week of the Year

Luke 18:1-8

Asking without becoming weary.

 We live in a day that some call, “Cell Phone Mania.”

How many times we find ourselves
or we notice others doing something on their cell phone.

Pondering what Jesus was saying
about praying without becoming weary
I was pondering how much I use my cell phone
and how much I pray.

 

Do I pray as much as I use my cell phone?

Hopefully more!

When something is pressing us,
we don’t become weary or give up,
because something is very important
and we have to do it now.

And when it’s really important,
we don’t care how long it takes
nor how many stumbling blocks
we come across.

Jesus is telling us that prayer is sometimes like that.

 

Remember when you were a little kid? I do.

If I saw something in the store and I wanted it,
I would ask Mom, and many times she said no.

Then I would go to my second choice and ask my Dad.

And if he said no, I didn’t know what to do.

 

That experience taught me that many times
I didn’t need what I really thought was necessary.

It was more of a get what I wanted
then a matter of life and death.

 

And so sometimes
Jesus does not answer our prayers right away,
the way we would like him to
because he has something better to offer us.

There are times I have asked for some things in particular,
but if I don’t get it, I know something better is around the corner.

When it doesn’t matter to us
how God answers our prayers,
our minds and wills, our hearts and desires
become still.

In this stillness, God is most powerful
because nothing in us impedes his grace.

 

Let us learn to be content
to put aside our agenda whenever we pray.

Let us come before the Lord Jesus
with an open mind and an open heart
to receive the very best that God can give us.

 

My trigger word is “indifference.”

All I want is to please you, Lord.

Nothing else even comes close.

 

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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