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Monday 7th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Monday 7th Week of the Year

Mark 9:14-29.

Healing, driving out demons, any miracle is always the work of the compassionate and merciful heart of Jesus in us.

Trust Jesus whose Heart
is full of mercy and compassion.

The disciples had driven out demons
on their first missionary journey.

But this one time they couldn’t do it. Why?

Hopefully, that wasn’t a one-time grace.

Notice what happened
when Jesus and the three other disciples
came down from the mountain –
they were arguing with the scribes.

Perhaps, like us sometimes,
they were trying to prove a point,
which is fair enough.

But what happened when that became most important?

Sadly, they forgot about the little boy
who was possessed and his father.

Being right in front of this big crowd was more important
than having compassion for someone who is suffering.

When Jesus said, “Oh faithless generation,
how long will I be with you?

How long will I endure you?”

Is Jesus questioning their lack of faith?

“How long will I endure you” –
is a way of saying, “I haven’t gotten into your hearts yet?”

Faith in Jesus means developing a heart like Jesus,
a compassion like Jesus, to suffer with other people
and for other people like Jesus.

Faith is not principles or dogmas.

That is called belief.

They have their place in a theology class or book.

Our place is to become like Jesus
and love with his purity, his peace,
his gentleness, his mercy.

It’s okay to tell him when we can’t.

That just makes him love us more.

The poorer we are in all honesty,
the greater will be our experience of his mercy.

Let us ask Jesus to set our hearts on fire
that they may always be attentive
to his burning love for others.

Let us ask Jesus to keep our hearts
in his most pure Heart that we may love him
and the members of his Body with his own perfect love.

Healing, driving out demons, any miracle
is always the work of the compassionate
and merciful heart of Jesus in us.

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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