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Friday 4th Week of Easter

Today’ Mass Readings

Friday 4th Week of Easter

John 14:1-6

Jesus has been coming back to us as he promised his disciples on Holy Thursday night, especially in the sacraments we celebrate.

John Paul II presided over the largest public event in history,
namely, a eucharistic celebration in the Philippines
during World Youth Day in 1995.
Somewhere between 4 to 7 million people attended.
(30 Interesting And Awesome Facts About Pope John Paul II’s June 25, 2018)

It’s awesome to think that on that Holy Thursday night
before Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection,
the same Eucharist was celebrated
with 12 of his disciples.

Just as he promised on that Thursday night
that he would come back again and take us to himself
so that where he is we also may be.

And for 2000 years he has done just that,
comes back to us and to take his Church,
his people, to himself.

In the Holy Mass and the Sacraments
he does this so personally, so intimately,

In the priest,
Jesus himself washes away our sins and Baptism.

By extending his mercy to us
at the beginning of every Eucharist,
Jesus calls us to renew our conversion to him.

He invites us to take his Holy Word into our hearts
which is proclaimed in the readings.

And as we take his Holy Word into our hearts
and allow them to be shaped by it,
he shows us how he is our Way, our Truth, and our Life.
Take courage, my friends, as you listen intently to his Word.

Let us digest it in our hearts and minds
as we digest his real Food and real Drink.

Let his Word speak to that part of us
deep inside where we need it the most;
the Word of life is spoken to us
from God’s own mouth.

The same faith in Jesus that turned
the Palestinian and Roman world
upside down 2000 years ago is now in us.

We have been chosen just like the first disciples
to make a difference –
being kind, merciful, generous and so much more –
so unlike the values of the world.

How special we are to his Father’s heart
that this life of his Son is already in us.

We carry in earthen vessels such a heavenly treasure.

How privileged and graced we are.

Let us take the time necessary with each other
to discover that heavenly treasure
especially when another’s heart is troubled.

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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