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Friday 1st Week of Advent

Today’s Mass Readings

Friday 1st Week of Advent

Matthew 9:27-31

True mercy leads to total communion.

These two blind men did more than ask Jesus to heal them.

We can really say their eyes lacked sight,
but their heart had 20/20 vision,
that is, they saw into the heart of Jesus.

How do we know this?

They didn’t ask, “Lord help us”.

They pleaded, “Lord have mercy on us”.

Mercy literally means “a sorrowful heart”.

They knew Jesus, as God, had authority over their blindness,
but more, they knew his heart
couldn’t help but make their blindness his own.

True mercy leads to total communion.

“Do you believe I can do this” means
“Do you know I long to carry your blindness for you to my Cross.”

And we reply, “Yes Lord, we know how much you love us”.

St. John of Damascus wrote: “The one who seeks God continually will find God, for God is in everything”.

In all our joys and sorrows, all our sufferings and pains,
let us be encouraged by his constant nearness,
especially when we are struggling the most.

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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