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Saturday 34th Week of the Year

Today’ Mass Readings

Saturday 34th Week of the Year

Luke 21:34-36.

Trusting Jesus with all that worries us.

Jesus teaches us that the great tribulation
that brings havoc into our world
and the lives of His followers is imminent.

It is happening right now.

Looking at the state the world is in right now,
it isn’t hard to know that is true.

Behind all this havoc is Satan.

He hates our walk with the Lord.


He will use anything and anyone
to distract us and bring us down.

Jesus tells us to pray
that we may have the strength
to escape these things.

Pray by stopping for a moment
and ask the Lord,
“What is really occupying our attention.”


Perhaps one of those things is the anxieties of daily life
that Jesus mentions in the Gospel.

Consider the deepest worries and fears
we carry in our hearts.

Is it something with the family?

Is it a health or financial situation?


Share those concerns with Jesus.

Pick up today’s gospel in a quiet moment
and read about him coming in a cloud
with power and great glory.

See him in control as Lord of the universe
and trust that he will set all those things right
because we are his friends and he loves us.

What might happen if we purposely give the Lord
all our concerns and anxieties every day
in a quiet moment with him?

Peace. That’s what happens.


Because we have nothing to fear?

Satan has been defeated.

Every time we turn to Jesus,
he defeats Satan again and again.

I am learning how Mother Mary
is always waiting by our sides
to crush the head of Satan when we pray,
“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners NOW
and at the hour of death.



Now she crushes his head on the spot.

Satan has no power over her Immaculate Heart,
full of love for Jesus and us.

With her, we have the strength
to withstand any tribulation.

Thank you Mother Mary for helping us
stand innocent before your Son, Jesus.

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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