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January 13, 2021, Wednesday 1st. Week of Ordinary Time

Wednesday 1st. Week of Ordinary Time 

Mark 1:29-39 

If someone we were with became deadly ill right in front of us,  
what is our first thought?  

Call 911.  

Every minute is vital to save a person’s life.  

How silly it would be for us to tell the person,  
I’ll get a doctor later, when I get around to it. 

When people tell us about some difficulty or illness they are having,  
we tell them, “I will pray for you” or “I’ll keep you in my prayers”.  

Why wait?  

The disciples didn’t wait to bring Peter’s Mother-in-law to Jesus,  
who lay sick with a fever.  

Mark writes, “They immediately told Jesus about her.  

Like someone becoming deathly ill and we immediately call 911,  
so the moment of grace, the healing, reconciling power of Jesus is now,  
the very moment people come to us with something wrong.  

I can’t say how many times I have done this  
and people always come back and witness  
how the Lord has healed, lead, consoled  
and basically did only what God can do. 

Pray immediately.  

Don’t worry about what you will say.  

The Holy Spirit will pray in you.  

The Lord Jesus will respond like any good doctor.  

Capture the moment of grace immediately for someone. 

For instance,  

“Lord, I give you Lou who is so afraid for his wife 
who is having surgery tomorrow. Be with her Lord, 
and assure Lou that You can do only what is good for Julie. Amen.” 

Or: 

“I give you Julie, Lord who is having surgery. Amen.” 

Jesus just wants an invite. 

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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