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Monday the 20th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Monday the 20th Week of the Year

Matthew 19:16-22

A young man thirsting for everlasting life was longing for the heart of Jesus.

Can you imagine what that young man felt in his heart
when Jesus looked at him with love?

The closest image that comes to mind
is the love a mother has for her child
the first moment that infant is laid in her arms after birth.

The young man’s longing to do the right thing
catches the attention of Jesus.


We know this because when he asked him
to keep all the commandments,
he said, “I have kept all of these.”

Then he added, “Is that it?”

He wanted to know more, but he wasn’t ready to give more,
that is, give his whole heart and soul to Jesus.


His heart was attached to his possessions.

For him to enter into eternal life, that is,
to live and love in this world with the heart of Jesus,
our Lord was specific about what he had to sacrifice
all of his possessions, plus give the returns to the poor.


The gospel says he went away sad,
only because his heart was still empty
as he walked away from Jesus.

Jesus does not ask us to sell all we have and give it to the poor.

That was unique for this young man.


We each have our own path to walk into the heart of Jesus.

It would be good for us to ask Jesus in prayer
what we must do to possess everlasting life?

What possesses us that we will not let go?

Maybe there’s a difficult relative or neighbor in our life
whom Jesus wants to love through us
or help them in some specific way.

What would that cost us?


He may be inviting us to join or start a new ministry in the parish.

What would that cost us?

In fact, like the rich young man in the gospel,
he may be asking us to align our financial priorities
to be more generous with the poor.


What would any of these cost us
to enter into everlasting life with Jesus?

Something all of us must bear in mind:
we are putting aside something of this world that doesn’t last
for something in Jesus’ world that does last.


Remember the mother holding her infant in her arms.

What does she see?

When we go before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
and he looks at us, what does he see?

He doesn’t see our clothes or homes or cars
or even our bank accounts and schedules.

What does he see?

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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