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Friday 1st Week of Lent

Today’ Mass Readings

Friday 1st Week of Lent 2018

Ezekiel 18:21-28; Matthew 520-26

Ezekiel, the prophet speaks so clearly about life and death.

Turn away from sin, and you will live.

It is so important; he repeats it saying how much the Lord rejoices
when someone turns from their sin and lives.

 

And death comes when we turn away from virtue
and follow the wicked desires of our hearts.

Be very clear my friends, as Ezekiel points out
that the path we walk is of our choosing.

We received the just consequences of our actions.

 

How important is our free will and how important we use it wisely?

It doesn’t matter if it’s the Ten Commandments
that we are a little loose with or teachings that God gives us
through our mother, the Church.

The good news is that when we turn away
from anything that displeases God
we will live, not just our human life
but the supernatural life of God in us.

 

And God makes it so easy for us to turn away from sin.

We come to him, poor in spirit, confessing how weak
our human nature is to overcome sin, any sin.

We use God’s strength that comes from trusting in him.

We use God’s wisdom that comes from knowing him.

 

God’s grace will always sustain us
to stay on the path of his supernatural life.

That grace is for sure because it rises from his love and his mercy for us.

How many countless martyrs down the centuries
endured tortures and death, they couldn’t turn from Jesus.

 

As you hear this good news,
the Lord is pouring the same love and mercy
and strength in our hearts he did the martyrs.

Use his strength to free ourselves from the attachments and enslavement’s
that can never bring his ultimate joy.

His love, his life is everlasting, and so is ours.

Live well my friends in the freedom that comes from confidence in God.

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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