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Friday 17th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Friday 17th Week of the Year

Matthew 13:54-58

How do we know Jesus?

When soldiers or sports stars come home
in small-town America, they roll out the red carpet.

You can hear the band and see the stage
where they will introduce their heroes at the end of the parade.

So why not do the same thing for Jesus or a prophet?


Jesus came out of the waters of his baptism by John, a different man.

The private life he lived in Nazareth was behind him.

Baptism made Jesus a man for others.


He couldn’t help but meet the needs of others.

It was in his DNA.

Because he was God, he had no limitations in meeting those needs.

We call those miracles, but truly they are acts of compassion.



So why did the people of Nazareth reject
someone from their own town?

Jesus was just too familiar
with the people he grew up with
and he amazed them.

They knew him as Jesus the Carpenter
but not as Jesus the Messiah who worked miracles.

They could only see what they wanted to see and nothing more.


Take a moment today to consider,
is Jesus revealing himself to us in a new or different way?

Have we heard something over and over again
in the Scriptures or our spiritual reading?

Let’s not make the same mistake
and have preconceived ideas about Jesus
based on how we knew him in the past.


We can avoid this danger by
joining St. Faustina and putting our trust in Jesus.

My friends, do not be afraid to take a second look at Jesus!

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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