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Friday 9th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Friday 9th Week of the Year

Mark 12:35-37.

How much do our everyday words and behavior witness to others that Jesus is truly the Son of God?

Anytime we travel through airport security
we have to produce identity,
which is usually our driver’s license.

We will not get on the plane
without that proof of identity.

The scribes and Pharisees
were seeking something similar,
the true identity of Jesus.
One would think that with all the miracles
he performed they would have no problem
welcoming him as their Messiah.

But think about that for a moment.

If we saw someone giving sight to the blind,
allowing the lame to walk,
and raising the dead,
we would be scratching our heads
if all of a sudden they claimed to be God.
Our God is our Lord and Savior,
Jesus the Christ.

No one is going to convince us differently
however many miracles they may work
or seem to work.

That is our final answer.
Please remember a faithful Jew believed
that “Almighty God.”
was transcendent to human beings.

In fact, he is so far beyond us
that a Jew could not begin to imagine
how God could never become a man.

Hence the question Jesus asked them to ponder:
”If King David addressed the Messiah as his Lord
how can he be his son?”
In short, Jesus was challenging his contemporaries
to think about his true identity.

I have some pondering to do myself
and perhaps you do as well.

How much do my words and actions,
my behavior and demeanor
witness that Jesus is the Son of God?

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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