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Thursday 15th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Thursday 15th Week of the Year

Matthew 11:28-30.

Jesus wants to do more than fix our problems. He stands ready to bear them with us on his cross at the Eucharist we celebrate every day.

Jesus grew up in Nazareth among ordinary people
plying the trade of his foster father, St. Joseph.

Being carpenters, they made many yokes or harnesses
that fit over oxen.


These yokes had to be custom-made,
so they would not rub against the animals and bruise them.
The term yoke itself means “well-fitting.”

These yokes enabled oxen to work together
without hurting each other.

Jesus knows firsthand the troubles and frustrations
ordinary people have to endure every day.
He is so much aware of the heavy burdens
life places on our shoulders.


When Jesus began his ministry,
he became the yoke that fits over people
to help them carry their burdens.

His mere Divine Presence brought peace to an anguished soul.

No sickness, disease, or misery was too much for him to bear.


Listen to him call out to us as he did the people of Palestine:
”Come to me all you who labor and are overburdened,
and I will give you rest.”
It’s not, “Maybe I will give you rest,”
or “If you are worthy, I will give you rest.”


It’s an absolute promise. It’s unconditional.

What hurts Jesus immensely is when we do not go to him
and unburden ourselves to him.

It is his cry from the Cross,
“I thirst” to heal you and help you.”


Rather than just asking him to fix a problem,
enter deeper into a relationship with him,
sharing exactly what we are thinking and feeling
about a situation or a person.

So much does he want to be our Savior
here, this moment, in any situation we find ourselves.

Yoke yourself to Jesus – he fits us so well.

Do not bear the difficulties of life alone.


He will carry the heaviest weight of those afflictions
so they will be light for us.

Let us learn from him who is meek and humble of heart.

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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