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Monday 4th Week of Lent

Today’ Mass Readings

Monday 4th Week of Lent

John 4:43-54.

Miracles or Jesus – bologna sandwich or gourmet dinner in all its elegance. Not much of a choice is it?

This Gospel reminds me of parents who approach me after Mass
to pray for their teenage son or daughter.

As they are learning to become more independent
which is part of growing up,
all the amazing things that Mom and Dad did for them
when they were younger, it seems now like “old hat.”

I don’t believe it’s intentional – it just happens.

Until that relationship between parent and child
gets past these growing pains
it seems like, though not true,
that they love mom and dad
as long as they can have the car keys.

It’s all a part of growing up.

Jesus must have felt like some parents
when the man approached him
pleading to heal his son.

“Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”

There comes a point in our relationship with Jesus
when we must stop wanting just things from him
and start wanting only him.

For a little example, what would you prefer?

A sit-down, gourmet dinner served in total elegance
or to walk to the refrigerator and make a bologna sandwich.

All things that Jesus can do for us
and does for us are like a bologna sandwich
compared to the love and mercy
that he pours into our hearts
that makes us like him.

We might just find that when his love changes us
a lot of the stuff that we need seems so frivolous and unimportant.

We still need them but someone else has consumed all of our affection.

Also, notice that Jesus does grant the man’s request
and his son who was at the point of death was healed
because in fulfilling his request
Jesus gave him something of himself
that will stay with this man forever,
long after his son is an old man.

What will this mean for our relationship with Jesus
as we savor this thought – that Jesus gives us himself
so completely and so unconditionally
that nothing can compare to Him!

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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