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Friday 15th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Friday 15th Week of the Year

Matthew 12:1-8.

Is there someone in our life that we criticize from a distance or even to their face? Have we ever sat down with them and allowed ourselves to get to know them?

As the disciples and Jesus were on the go
traveling from one town to another,
it would have been difficult to plan a meal.

Remember Jesus telling his disciples,
“For this reason, I say to you,
do not be worried about your life,
as to what you will eat or what you will drink…
Is not life more than food? (Matthew 6:25.)

So here God is providing the next meal
for them in his good providence.
Putting our trust in God always produces
effects beyond our imagination.

Of course, the Pharisees were right there ready
to pounce on them for breaking the Sabbath.

Meals had to be prepared the day before
according to the Law.
You almost never hear a Pharisee asking Jesus politely,
“Why are you breaking the Law?
What do you see that we do not see?”

It could have been a beautiful opportunity
for the Pharisees to draw close to Jesus
to understand what motivates him.

But unfortunately, their critical spirit
got the better of them again.
Maybe we could learn from this incident.

Is there someone in our life
that we criticize from a distance
or even to their face?

Have we ever sat down with them
and allowed ourselves to get to know them?
Let us ask Jesus to help us renounce
this critical spirit in us and through his mercy,
fill us with the inquisitive nature of the child.

Perhaps with that humility,
the Lord would give us the courage
to ask a person the reason for their behaviors.

Like the Pharisee could have asked,
“Why are you breaking the Law?
What do you see that we do not see?”
And when they tell us,
we may just have a good laugh at ourselves
for being so foolish in judging another
for really no reason at all.

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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