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Friday 24th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Friday 24th Week of the Year

Luke 8:1-3.

Could there be any more opposites, a lady of the night and a lady of the court in the same company day in and day out?

 It was time for Jesus to hit the road.

He wore out his welcome in the synagogues
where he found so much opposition
from the scribes and Pharisees.

But some people who were not only attracted to Jesus
but were also deeply committed to him.

Luke tells us that besides the Twelve
there were women who followed Jesus
and supported his cause from their resources.

 

For the Twelve Apostles and the women,
the journey they made with Jesus was much more
than just from one village to another.

It was a walk of deep intimacy with the Lord,
holding nothing back from him.

St. Luke purposely mentions the women by name.

 

He named Mary Magdalene,
from whom Jesus cast out seven demons.

No mother would be proud of her past.

He also mentioned Joanna, the wife of Chuza.

 

Chuza was in charge of Herod’s financial affairs.

He would be the most trusted and important official to the king.

Could there be any more opposites,
a lady of the night and a lady of the court
in the same company day in and day out?

 

We can learn a lot from those
who accompanied Jesus on his journey.

Two completely different people
with different makeups and backgrounds
love Jesus so much that they put aside their differences
without losing any of their qualities.

GK Chesterton commented on this idea
when he referred to the lion lying down with the lamb
from the book of Isaiah (11:6).

 

In short, the lion retains its ferociousness
while the lamb retains its gentleness.

These women from two different classes of people
were able to put aside their differences
because they knew they could give Jesus all their joys,
sorrows and sins and he would understand and love them.

When we are loved this much, no sacrifice is ever too great.

 

So, of course, they were happy to give to Jesus
from their resources because first,
they gave him their hearts and all their love.

They showed their gratitude
when they shared their resources
with all who needed them.

When we hold nothing back in our hearts from Jesus,
we will happily surrender all that he needs
in his least and forgotten children.

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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