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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.

Jesus is asking us to rethink why we help people.


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 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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