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Thursday 18th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Thursday 18th Week of the Year

Matthew 16:13-23.

When we find ourselves up against the gates of hell, DO NOT BE AFRAID!!!

It’s not hard to imagine how much St. Peter is like us.

How many times after a retreat
we feel on top of the world like all is well.

And all too often that spiritual experience begins to fade
as we start living life in the world.


Peter encountered Jesus working every kind of miracle and teaching
while huge crowds of people left spellbound.

Peter was on the front line.

He had a divine revelation to know
hat Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God.


But like us, he had a lot to learn what that meant
in his own life experiences.

That grace had to grow in him.

Peter could not grasp Jesus suffering
and giving up his life as he predicted.

So Jesus reprimanded him
which probably knocked him down a peg or two.


Remember as well Holy Thursday night
when he denied three times that he knew Jesus.

For our faith to become a rock like St. Peter’s,
we have to walk that only lonely road of Calvary with Jesus
up against the gates of hell in our hearts.

Jesus promises those gates will not prevail against us,
no matter how far or hard we fall.


When we are up against those gates, Do Not Be Afraid.

His mercy is all-embracing.

Know that Jesus descends there with us
as we proclaim in the Creed, “He descended into hell.”

Stick with Jesus. Trust in Jesus.

His love and mercy will never fail 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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