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Monday 4th Week of Easter

Today’ Mass Readings

Monday 4th Week of Easter

John 10:11-18

Jesus wants to lay down his life for each of us in a very personal way so that he can raise up his life in us.

The newspapers are full of ads from different companies
you’ll find anywhere.

So we check it out to get the best deal.

This is not the case with Jesus
the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for sinners.

 

The salvation of our souls does not come cheap.

Every man woman and child, born and unborn,
is of such great value to Jesus, so much
that four times in ten verses Jesus tells us
he would rather die himself
than for anyone to be separated from him.

The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.

 

He didn’t want to die.

He prayed in the garden before his arrest
that he wouldn’t have to suffer and die.

“Let this cup pass me by.”

 

It did not pass him by.

He would rather bear the brunt of all of our sin
in his body mind and soul
then for us to have to suffer the consequences
of those poor choices we made.

Jesus has paid the price, the highest price
that anyone could pay for you and me
and for all people to experience his fullness of life.

Jesus wants to lay down his life for each of us
in a very personal way
so that he can raise up his life in us
so we can live with every one of those poor choices
behind us forever.

 

Spend a little time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Any way that we are giving less than 100 percent in our relationship with him
or in our relationship with a loved one,
lay it down as freely as Jesus laid down his life.

Lay it down. Lay it down.

 

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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