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Monday 31st Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Monday 31st Week of the Year

Luke 14:12-14

What would we ever do
that could equal in value
what the Lord has done for us?

It would seem to be nothing.

The folks Jesus mentions in today’s Gospel
who have no way of repaying us
have a special place in our Lord’s heart.

 

Such poor ones, little ones, are our greatest treasure.

They are much like us aren’t they?

Jesus gave His life for us when we were still sinners,
when we were in no position to repay Him.

Blessed Antonio Rosmini states this truth
today in his spiritual calendar.

He says,

It is true that Jesus is so perfect that no perfection can come to Him from His members; on the contrary, He alone bestows perfection on to them. However, as He willed to unite to Himself other people, He communicated to them His own holiness, extending it to them.

Della Educazione Cristiana, Roma 1994

And what is that holiness He extends to us that?

Holiness is simply Jesus capacity to please his father in us, at all times.

 

In practical terms, this means that
do for others what he did for us,
love them, be good to in their poverty
whatever form it may take.

 

Jesus is asking us to rethink why we help people.

Is our intention human or divine?

 

As He says, we can expect something in return
from someone we know. “You owe me one,” we say.

But what about people we don’t know?

A person is worthy of our time and resources
simply because of their need.

 

The Lord has given us so much,
more than we could ever possibly use.

He is asking us to share in love just a smidgen
of what He has already given to us.

It isn’t the size of the gift.

 

It is the purity of intention with which
we render service to Jesus in his little ones.

A pure intention of loving someone solely for their good
opens our eyes to see Jesus in them.

We have his capacity to honor people
however good or bad they may be.

To top it off think of this:
We give them a meal, and they give us Jesus.

Once again, we are the ones
who have reason to be more grateful.

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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