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Thursday 4th Week of Lent

Today’ Mass Readings

Thursday 4th Week of Lent.

John 5:31-47

Why draw plans for a building and not build it?

Imagine you’re one of the disciples
waking up in the morning
and wonder, what Jesus will do today.

We are pretty much like that ourselves.

We wake up every morning,
we pray the Scriptures at Mass or at home
and hear the voice of God the Father
proclaimed in every Reading and Gospel.

Jesus tells the Jews
they have never heard his Father’s voice
nor have they ever seen his Father’s “form”.

The voice and the “form” go together.

As we hear his voice
with every fiber of our being,
the Holy Spirit is laying the groundwork
to give that Word “form” in our very listening.

Think of an architect
with his plans of a building on his desk.

If he is to do anyone any good,
he has to put “form” to those plans
as he starts building the structure.

Those plans take “form” as the building is being built.

We begin to see God’s “form”
when we choose
to allow that Word to “form” us
and shape our lives into Christ Jesus.

And Jesus tells us, His Father approves.

So what is he saying to us right now?

If we hear a call to forgive and show mercy,
others begin to see God’s “form”, what he is like.

If we hear a call
to share our time and resources with the poor,
the full bellies and contented hearts of the poor
are the face of God to us.

If we hear a call to trust Jesus in an impossible situation,
the peace in our minds and hearts results in
welcoming him into that situation.

If you experiencing any concern or worry 
about the state of affairs with the coronavirus
speak your heart to Jesus 
Because underneath an honest prayer is all the trust you will need. 

Jesus is Lord. 

Our simple acts of kindness and trust give “form” to God’s Word.

Listen well, but don’t stop there.

Become the “form” of God’s Word.

That’s how we give testimony.

We are his witnesses.

Courageously Live the Gospel.

– Feel free to share with a friend –

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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