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Saturday 1st Week of Advent

Today’ Mass Readings

Saturday 1st Week of Advent

Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5, 6-8.

In order to experience Jesus compassion over every illness in others we must experience first his great mercy in ourselves.

In the fifteenth chapter of St. John’s Gospel,
Jesus states that He is the vine and we are the branches.

Then He goes on to say that without Him we can do nothing.
We see that happening here in today’s gospel
when Jesus shares His compassion with the people
through the disciples.

His compassion was and is not just some good feeling or emotion.

His compassion has authority over unclean spirits
and every disease and illness.
Please take notice of the order:
first cast out unclean spirits and then cure.

Jesus is teaching us that before we ask Him for anything,
we must welcome Him into the darkest corners of our hearts.
This is what He told the blind Pharisees
when he said to clean the inside of the cup first
so that the outside may be clean as well (Matthew 23:26).

To share the authority of Jesus compassion
over every illness and disease in others,
we must experience first His great mercy ourselves.

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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