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Monday 17th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Monday 17th Week of the Year

Matthew 13:31-35

I remember lying in bed after a surgeon replaced my shoulder.

The nurse said, “Press this little button
when you feel any pain but don’t wait till he gets too severe.”

I realized that a little dab would do you.

So I did, and that morphine felt so good.


When I got home, the doctor prescribed pain medication.

When I first looked at that tiny little pill, I thought,
“What in the world could that little thing do?

It’s so small. Where’s my morphine?”


After I took it, I realized I didn’t need the morphine.

Don’t judge something by its size.

So Jesus tells us in today’s gospel.


One tiny little mustard seed and one small pinch of leaven
in a measure of flour can do something beautiful.

Our faith is like that.


The power of faith comes from the One in whom we place our trust.

He is saying, “The size or amount of faith you have does not matter.

It can be as small as a mustard seed.


However, the One in whom you put your faith matters a great deal.

In John Chapter 9 he asked the man born blind,
“Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

When we are utterly helpless and can do nothing for ourselves
let us join ranks with the man born blind.

“I do believe, Lord.”

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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