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Monday 32nd Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Monday 32nd Week of the Year

Luke 17:1-6

If you have a mulberry tree in your soul, ask Jesus to cast it into the sea.

Has there ever been a record of a mulberry tree
being uprooted and planted in the sea
because a Christian said so?

Never – even Jesus never did this.

St. Luke puts this example of true Faith
after the passage when Jesus teaches about forgiveness.


When someone hurts us deeply,
it cuts to the core of our person.

Jesus is teaching us that his power
to forgive another person cuts even deeper.

Unforgiveness is our mulberry tree.


Somewhere deep in our soul, we may have resolved,
“I will never forgive them.”

That cannot continue for a disciple of Jesus.

When it does continue, our hurt remains
the center of gravity for everything we say and do.


St. Luke’s Gospel message is simple.

If you close your heart to forgiveness,
you miss the core message of Jesus.

All you have left is the execution of your enemies.


St. Gregory the Great said,
“Unforgiveness is the darkest of all despair,
for what hope remains for sinners
who do not even show mercy. ‘
for the sake of obtaining it themselves.’”


If this mulberry tree is your nemesis
swallow your pride and run to confession.

Only Jesus can cast unforgiveness
into the sea of his mercy
where it can never grow again.

Once our center is Jesus,
forgiveness is something we want to do.

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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