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January 5 John 1:43-51

Today’ Mass Readings

January 5

John 1:43-51

God’s goodness in the person of Jesus cannot remain hidden in us.

You can just feel the excitement in Phillip’s heart
as he runs to Nathaniel.

“We have found the one all the prophets wrote about,
Jesus of Nazareth”.

But Nathaniel is skeptical.

He hasn’t met Jesus yet.

Phillip had an experience with Jesus
that was beyond words,
beyond persuasive arguments.

Like Nathaniel, the people we try and share the Lord with
have to meet the person of Jesus themselves.

How do we lead people to that encounter?

It has to be through ways Jesus becomes incarnate in us.

Our eyes, our touch, our words are not our own!

We may not be conscious of it but Jesus is there.

In all the little things we do every day
with love in our hearts,
we say what Phillip said to Nathaniel,
“Come and see”.

God’s goodness in the person of Jesus
cannot remain hidden in us.


One kind act, one word of forgiveness,
or saying, “I am sorry”, one “I love you”
can be so powerful that another person
for the first time will see for themselves
that Jesus is the Son of God living and loving in them.

Jesus is truly present in all our words and in all we do.

Let me close with the words of Saint Faustina , “The Heavenly Father will recognize and glorify our soul to the extent that He sees in us a resemblance to His Son” (The Diary of St. Faustina 604).


Peace everyone.

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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