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Wednesday 33rd Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Wednesday 33rd Week of the Year.

Luke 19:11-28.

When I can’t love as much as someone needs, God can.

One word sticks out in today’s gospel
and carries with it a great importance.

That word is “trade.”

The nobleman’s told the servants
to “trade” with the coins that he gave them.


That meant getting out of the house
and meeting people,
offering them what the nobleman gave you.

If the first person did not accept it, go to another.

Trade, trade, trade.


Of course, the coins represent the gifts
that God has given each of us.

Like the servants,
we could do nothing to deserve these gifts,
but we certainly have a responsibility
to share them with others.

We discover God’s gifts
when we love someone for their good.

I like to think of the gift of God for others in us
is how he loves and works through us
for the good of others.


Another word for “trade” would be “available.”

Do I make his love “available” to others I meet every day?

Maybe they need a prayer, or kindness,
or for me to rejoice
when good things happen to them.


Maybe they need me to trust them,

or stay with them through tough times
and support them in those tough times.

However many needs there are,
God’s love will never run out.


Why? Because the love in our hearts for them is supernatural.

His love is infinite.

When I can’t love as much as someone needs, God can.


The poor man who buried his one coin in himself loved only himself.

He loved with only a human love.

He was afraid to trade.

So, he was only available to himself.

Let’s commit to the Lord
to trade his gift of love
with as many people that we can.

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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