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Saturday 4th Week of the Year

Today’ Mass Readings

Saturday 4th Week of the Year

Mark 6:30-34.

How important it is to make time with Jesus, every day, just him and us, like an old married couple would just enjoy being with each other.

It is so easy to see ourselves in this gospel passage.

After a long day,
we can’t even get five minutes to ourselves
to catch our breath.

So Jesus tells His disciples and us,
“Come away to a deserted place.”

The effects of not going off with Jesus we all know:
lack of patience with ourselves and others;
the way little things set us off;
frustration at not getting to do the things we planned to do
because we are interrupted every way we turn.

And there are so many more…

We have to go to that deserted place in our hearts
and come back to our center.

And just rest in the Divine Presence of the Lord.

All those things will be there when we get back to them.

Imagine ourselves being a dried up cloth
or a sponge that has no give to it.

As we sit with Jesus in a quiet corner of our day,
He will saturate us with all the things
we need to be His shepherd to our spouse,
our children, our neighbors,
the people we work with every day,
and especially the people of this parish.

Remember, with Him at work in us, nothing is impossible.

There is no need He cannot fulfill.

We have only so much wisdom, knowledge and strength.

It is a pittance compared to what others need.

Many times we overlook their needs
and don’t even see them,
unless they affect us personally,
because we haven’t the strength and power of Jesus.

How important it is to make time with Jesus, every day,
just him and us, like an old married couple
would just enjoy being with each other.

He will make certain the storms of life
will not overwhelm us or our faith.

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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