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Thursday 12th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Thursday 12th Week of the Year

Matthew 7:21-29

People living in Florida are very much aware
how important it is to build their house on solid ground.

Between the sinkholes and the floods,
homes can be washed away so easily.

With purpose and intent,
Jesus built his Church on St. Peter’s faith
which he called “the rock.”


“Whatever you declare on earth will be declared in heaven,”
Jesus told Peter.

Jesus has held true to that promise.

For through the grace of God
his Church has survived and grown over 2000 years,
withstanding all the destructive winds
of time and opposing cultures.


The operative word for building God’s house on rock is the word “build.”

Faith and love take work.

We have to want our faith and our Church,
meaning this parish, to grow into Christ himself,
to become another Christ for the world.


This doesn’t happen because we stand in Church
and cry out “Lord, Lord” as Jesus says.

It takes time and effort to pray every day
and do some spiritual reading and study.

It takes time and effort and a decision
to put our gifts and talents to work
in service of our parish and community.


This is the will of our Father
that we work out our salvation in fear and trembling
meaning everything is God’s gift,
and we are his faithful servants.

So happy are we to be called and gifted to serve him
and his brothers and sisters in love.

The house we are building is Christ’s house
where all are welcomed to make their home.


Our hearts are their home
that we call Blessed Sacrament Parish
and the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

Are we a part of this divine and human effort building our lives and our eternity on rock?

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine
and acts on them will be like the wise man
who built his house on rock.”


Let us not think about doing something good
for the Lord and his brothers and sisters.

Let us not say we will do something good
for the Lord and his brothers and sisters.

Let us do something good every day
for the Lord and his brothers and sisters.


It could be as small as giving a cup of water
to someone who is thirsty in Jesus Name.

If we just say we will give them a drink of water,
they will still be thirsty.

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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