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Friday 5th Week of the Year

Today’ Mass Readings

Friday 5th Week of the Year.

Mark 7:31-37

Knowing Jesus, loving Jesus always comes before a healing or a miracle.

It caught my attention
that people brought this deaf man
with a speech impediment to Jesus.

Why didn’t he walk to Jesus himself?

He was deaf, not lame.

It may be that he didn’t know Jesus
or didn’t have any faith at all.

So Jesus does something
that he doesn’t normally do –
he took the man away by himself.

Just for the simple reason to get to know him.

Knowing Jesus, loving Jesus
always comes before a healing or a miracle.

More than just healing the man of his illness,
Jesus wanted a relationship with him
that would last long after he left the area.

Just think, this man would not have a relationship with the Lord
if his friends didn’t bring him to Jesus.

We know people like that.

It’s so easy to sit with Jesus
before the Blessed Sacrament
and let him bring to mind someone
whom he wants to get to know.

As far as Jesus goes,
sitting with him in the Blessed Sacrament
is no different than the people
bringing the man to Jesus.

He is truly present for us to bring him, anyone.

Let the love in our heart for someone
be the introduction Jesus needs to get to know them
so he can heal them and save them.

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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