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Monday the 14th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Monday the 14th Week of the Year

Matthew 9:18-26.

Two people in today’s gospel overcome obstacles to reach Jesus.

We pray for so many things
and ask God for so many things.

But how do we ask
and what does it mean to ask with faith?

Something got Jesus attention
when the official knelt down
and asked him to lay his hand
on his daughter who died.
He prayed that she may live.

Gospel says, “Jesus rose and followed him.”

And something got Jesus attention
when the woman with the hemorrhage
touched his cloak knowing that he would heal her.
Jesus turned around and said,
“Courage daughter! Your faith has saved you.”

Notice in both cases, neither the official
nor the woman with the hemorrhage
could do anything to help themselves.

And because of that poverty of spirit
they risked everything to go to Jesus.
The official risked losing his job
for he broke ranks with the other officials
who despised Jesus.

The woman risked being around people,
according to Mosaic Law,
touching her with her flow of blood
made them unclean.

I can just see her
elbowing her way through the crowd
to get to the front of the line.
All that mattered to them was to get to Jesus.

It would seem that in an instant
these obstacles to approach Jesus
became so small compared to their need.

So, never fear when we can do nothing
to help ourselves or others.
Dismiss any obstacles
that are keeping us from Jesus.

Our helplessness and longing for Jesus
stirs up his compassion and his healing power.

They really get his attention.

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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