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December 27 – St. John Apostle, Evangelist

Today’ Mass Readings

December 27 – St. John Apostle, Evangelist

John 20: 2-8

John is running. Peter is running. Mother Mary ran and so did St. Joseph – everyone runs to tell others when they hear the good news.

John is running?

John and Peter are running. John is running faster.

He’s running to the empty tomb.

The disciples on the road to Emmaus
look how different they were.

Remember they were walking with their heads down,
they were so depressed.

All was lost for them, but not for John.

Remember St. Joseph, how he took the news
that Mary was with child, but note this:
the child was born in his heart
before He was born in the flesh.

So it was with St. John.

All it took was for Mary Magdalene to say, “He’s not there”.

So where was Jesus?

Obviously like St. Joseph, Jesus was in St. John’s heart.

It wasn’t a thought, an idea or an emotion;
none of these caused John to run to the empty tomb.

It was Jesus in his legs;

We have got to hear that it was Jesus in his legs
that caused him to run to the tomb.

Because it was Jesus in his hearing
that stirred those legs to run.

When the angel appeared to Mother Mary,
she heard the Word first
and she treasured it in her heart.

When she did, she ran to her cousin Elizabeth
to share her good news.

St. Joseph too heard the Word.

He also hastened to take Mary as his wife.

So, St. John heard the Word that Jesus wasn’t in the tomb
and he ran to see the Word who is life;
a completely different life than he had been living.

And now you and I have heard that Word, who is our life.

So where is the Lord sending us?

To whom are we going to run
and share this amazing Good News
that our Savior has been born for us and the whole world?

What will we tell them?

What will be our first words of life to them?

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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