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Saturday 5th Week of the Year

Today’ Mass Readings

Saturday 5th Week of the Year.

Mark 8:1-10.

Giving our all in love is the stuff of miracles.

Have you ever had a situation
where you were frightened that
you might not have enough?

In our hectic world, we often feel
we don’t have enough time for what we must do.

Sometimes we get so tired
or we don’t have enough money
and for some people, it’s the basic needs
of food and shelter.

This gives us a little idea
of what the disciples were up against
the seven loaves of pita bread
and two fish
to feed 4000 hungry people.

Jesus felt the hunger of the crowd
and the helplessness of his disciples
in his own heart.

Sometimes we fall into the trap
believing that we have to be strong, perfect
and even free from sin
for the Lord to love us and be with us.

But today’s gospel teaches us that it’s because
we are not perfect; we are weak
and can do nothing of ourselves
that moves the heart of Jesus with pity.

The pity Jesus feels is not someone superior
looking down on someone inferior.

Jesus embraces our hungers of weaknesses,
all of our sinfulness with his own heart
and it wounds his heart so much he must respond.

And so he did.
He made sure that everyone had enough to eat
coming from just seven loaves and two fish.
When Jesus sees such trust in him
that we share the little we have,
our seven loaves and two fish,
our sacrificial gift reminds him
of what he gave on the cross.

Let us never be afraid to give our all
to someone who needs it more than we do,
because that’s when Jesus works
miracles of abundance for us and everyone.

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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