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Friday 6th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Friday 6th Week of the Year

Mark 8:34-9:1

The cross is a source of deep joy when we bear it in love.

There comes a point in our relationship with the Lord Jesus
that we will be faced with suffering, in short, the cross.

This is true with any relationship.

 

Love for another demand at some point
that we sacrifice ourselves for their good.

The cross that Jesus carried to Calvary,
with all its sufferings and hardships is a cross that saves.

Many people have been crucified by the Chinese and the Romans.

 

Only one has the power to liberate us
from our sins and living for ourselves.

This saving cross demands that we deny ourselves
of our own comforts and conveniences.

Sometimes this denial is not of our own choosing.

 

Such is the case of illness.

Other times it is of our own choosing
where our denial is for a specific purpose.

For our suffering to become redemptive with the Lord Jesus,
it must be borne out of pure love.

 

It must be borne for the good of another.

When we deny ourselves what is ours, for the good of another,
we are offering more than our pain and suffering.

We are offering to another Christ Jesus.

For example, lying in bed or stuck in a wheelchair
because of an illness is no joy,
but offered for a poor soul in purgatory
or the conversion of a loved one to Christ and the Gospel
gives our suffering purpose and it has merit.

 

The same when we see someone hungry.

We give to meet their need,
not what we can comfortably afford.

 

When we give or suffer to the point
that it costs us a lot,
we are giving more than money or pain
we are giving ourselves to Christ totally in that person.

The cross is a source of deep joy when we bear it in love.

As St. James says in his letter,
“Our Faith is alive” and our works prove it.

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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