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Friday Epiphany Week

Today’s Mass Readings

by Fr.  Rick Pilger, I.C. Pastor

Friday Epiphany Week

Luke 4:12-16

Do not fear to look into the eyes Jesus and discover your innocence.

What do people see when they look into our eyes?

St. Luke tells us that when the leper saw Jesus,
he knew Jesus could make him clean.

How many times Jesus looked at someone
like he looked at the rich young man

when the gospel says,
“He looked at him and loved him.”


This leper knew that Jesus loved him
beyond his loss of limbs,
the stench of dead skin,
the exile from the community of faith he was experiencing,
and crying out unclean,
unclean to warn others not to get too close.


Once Jesus looked at him with such love,
his leprosy left him or more likely,
he left his leprosy behind.

He could no longer live with that skin disease
once Jesus loved him.

Jesus restored his innocence.


Purity of heart, such innocence so fills the eyes of Jesus,
that anything unclean in us,
body soul mind or spirit hasn’t got a chance to survive
when we look into the eyes of Jesus.


How do we look into his eyes?

We see what Jesus sees,
ourselves as we truly are without fear,
knowing that nothing can keep us from Him and his love for us.

Nothing we have done, nothing we have said,
nothing in the past, no anxiety about the future
can keep us from the love God has for us in Christ Jesus.


Let Jesus look at you with love.

Do not be afraid.

Let him show you your innocence.

Do not fear to look into the eyes Jesus and discover your innocence.

Innocence, purity has no imperfections.

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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