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Friday 2nd Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Friday 2nd Week of the Year

Mark 3:13-19.

In our fast-paced world, we expect everything right now.

Fast food restaurants, fast lane checkouts at the grocery store
and using a credit card at the gas pumps fulfill our need for speed.

Conversion isn’t like that.

People don’t change as quickly.

Think of the patience that Jesus had
with the first 12 disciples that he chose.

They were all far from perfect:
Peter who was so impulsive,
speaking the first thing that came to his mind

Andrew was much quieter and reserved.

And then there was Simon who
was a member of the much-hated zealot party
and Matthew, a tax collector who worked for Rome.

Simon hated Rome.

I imagine there were some very interesting meals with those two present.

And so it goes on down to our time.

Like them our own conversion takes time
and much patience with ourselves and each other.

Those tensions and stresses that we experience with others
are tremendous opportunities for our conversion to Jesus.

They’re not roadblocks but opportunities to know the heart of Christ –
to become the merciful heart of Christ for others.

How much we need that patience with ourselves and others
who works and volunteer in the Church?

These are the moments more than any others
when the Kingdom of God takes hold of us.

Unity is born in the love we bear with each other
despite our differences.

How Jesus enjoys it when we give each other
space and room to grow into another Christ.

That does more good for the Church
then if everything was perfect the way we think it should be.

This virtue is the source of our unity.

It can overcome all divisions.


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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