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Friday 21st Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Friday 21st Week of the Year

Matthew 25:1-13.

We cannot form who we are as a person in the last hour of life.

For states on the Gulf Coast and Eastern seaboard
hurricane season peaks about this time.

Every day we hear, “Be prepared.”

That warning is on websites, radio, TV,
and every other media outlet.

We are told to collect our important documents,
have a good supply of food, water, batteries,
and if we don’t have storm windows
go to Home Depot and stock up on plywood.

Can you imagine being one of the foolish virgins
in today’s gospel arriving at Home Depot
just hours before the hurricane was about to hit?

The shelves would be empty, and every door would be locked.

Jesus is telling us the same thing
about the state of our souls.

It is so important that Jesus repeats it many times.

We cannot form who we are as a person in the last hour of life.

Or if you like, it takes time to form our hearts
to be like the heart of Jesus.

The choice to forgive or not to forgive,
to share our wealth or hoard things for ourselves,
to shape our life on God’s Word every day
or face the challenges of life with or without his direction –
all of these shape who we are today and our eternal destiny.

We are adding a drop of oil to our flask every time we forgive, share, and allow Jesus to shape our hearts.

How many drops will we add today?

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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