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Saturday 7th Week of Easter

Today’s Mass Readings

Saturday 7th Week of Easter

Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 John 21:20-25

So many changes since that first Week of Easter when Jesus suddenly appeared to the Disciples in the Upper Room.

It seems such a long time ago –
that First Week of Easter
when the disciples couldn’t believe that Jesus,
risen from the dead, is real.

They thought he was a ghost.
How Saul changed from someone
who persecuted the followers of Jesus
before his conversion to someone who is in chains in Rome
witnessing to the Lord Jesus.

Who would have thought that we could forgive someone
we resented for so many years?
Who would have thought that following Jesus
through his cross into his resurrection
could find us giving up our old ways of sin:
help us turn our attention from our needs and wants
to relieve the sufferings of Jesus in another person?

Peter, John, and Paul have been our companions
in this conversion journey.

Peter had some changing to do, and so do we.
Jesus had to remind him
that what happened to John was not his concern.

Peter’s concern was to keep his eyes on Jesus.

We follow Jesus by not just walking behind him
but walking with him in all the experiences of our lives.
It is allowing Jesus to take the lead,
even if, like Peter, it will be where we don’t want to go.

The Book of Acts ends with St. Paul in Rome,
under a Roman guard proclaiming the kingdom of God
and teaching about Jesus.

And the Acts of the Apostles continues down to our times
as we give witness to all that Jesus says and does through us.
Witness well, my friends.

Have no fear.

The Lord is always with us.


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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