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Thursday 27th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Thursday 27th Week of the Year

Luke 11:5-13.

“I know something stronger than God: the man who prays. He makes God say ‘Yes’ when he has already said .’No.'” St. John Vianney

A guest showing up late at night
tired and ready for some sleep
was a very common experience
in the culture that Jesus lived.

Remember, no one ever thought of Motel 6.

So it was honorable to roll out the red carpet for a visitor.

If you didn’t do this, the whole village would be scandalized
because honor was everything.


And fresh bread! Everybody knew who just baked fresh bread.

The fellow in the parable just had to follow his nose.

Bread was important because people used it as a utensil
for dipping in common dishes.

Remember Jesus did this with Judas at the Last Supper
just before Judas betrayed him.


Now when the friend asked for bread in the middle of the night
the man opening the door didn’t care much about what people thought.

He said no many times.

But the host persisted like the Canaanite woman
persisted for Jesus to cure her daughter.


St. John Vianney once said,
“I know something stronger than God:
the man who prays.
He makes God say ‘Yes’ when he has already said. ‘No.’”

Could it be that God says “No,”
because he knows we are not ready
to live his answers in their fullness?

Think of a child who’s hungry, but not really
and asks mommy for a snack half an hour before dinner.

Mommy says, “No,” not because she’s depriving the child
but she doesn’t want to spoil his meal.

The child is asking for so little
when mommy wants to give him so much more.


God is no different.

Let’s not be afraid to go a little hungry
so we can later receive from His fullness.

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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