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Saturday 5th Week of Easter

Saturday 5th Week of Easter

John 15:18-21.

It can be consoling to know that the world hates us for our belief system and how we express it openly instead of keeping it inside the walls of the Church.

Just hours before his arrest,
Jesus shares his heart with his disciples,
warning them that what will happen to him in a few hours
may well happen to them.

A sobering thought isn’t it?

I wonder if the disciples were thinking of this
when they deserted Jesus after his arrest.

 

Now most of us are not facing rejection
or persecution because we follow Jesus.

But many people are being driven from their homes,
their churches and cities devastated while many are being martyred.

We all see and hear the reports on the news.

 

On a more personal note, if we’ve ever protested
for the unborn and the sanctity of life,
we may have experienced that kind of persecution.

How important it is to continue to be the voice of the unborn
which is really the voice of Jesus crying out in these little ones.

“Whatever you did for the least of these little ones you did for me.”

 

It can be consoling to know that the world hates us
for our belief system and how we express it openly
instead of keeping it inside the walls of the Church.

People can oppose us all they want and they will.

But know this, when we pray for the people
who oppose us with passion
and listen to them with a merciful outlook
that does not condemn them,

Jesus is planting a seed in their hearts and minds
that will grow in its own time.

 

Our suffering for Jesus will not be in vain.

Remember him telling the parable of the farmer
who sows the seeds and how it sprouts
and becomes a plant and no one knows how?

Our love for the Truth who is Jesus
and our love for those who oppose us
is that seed which he plants in each and every heart.

 

Praise God for all those moments of opposition
that can lead to their conversion and his glory.

 

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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