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Friday 3rd Week of Lent

Today’ Mass Readings

Friday 3rd Week of Lent

Mark 12:28-34.

Sometimes we just have to put another log on the fire.

Think of your heart
like a fire warming your living room.

When you first light it,
it becomes ablaze
and everyone enjoys its warmth.

As the evening wears on
if you don’t put another log on the fire,
it will go out and the warm room will turn cold in no time.

Our hearts are like that fireplace.

To keep our love for God and neighbor ablaze,
we have to have plenty of logs.

If we miss a prayer time here and there:

if we don’t prayerfully listen to God’s voice in the Sacred Scriptures,

if we don’t tell the Lord throughout the day
that we love him more than anyone and anything
and mean it, our passionate love for him is not so passionate.

What was once a joy in being with him
becomes a chore, an obligation.

Our hearts can lose their fire for God.

And more, the little things we did for people
because we loved God first begins to fall by the wayside
and their shortcomings can jab and hurt us.

We can’t seem to overlook them like we used to do.

The warm love God has for everyone we encounter can leave us too.

We begin to pick and choose who is deserving of our love.

My friends, if we ever find
that the fire and passion for Jesus is leaving us
and the temperature in our heart for someone is weakening,
put another log on the fire.

Do it, even if we have to go out into the cold
and cut down a tree or sacrifice something important.

We do whatever it takes to put God first in our hearts
so the fire will blaze again.

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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