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Thursday 2nd Week of the Year

Today’ Mass Readings

Thursday 2nd Week of the Year

Mark 3:7-12

Can Jesus really touch me?

Can you just imagine being in the back of that crowd,
thousands of people who are waiting to touch Jesus.

Then you hear him tell Peter
to put a boat into the water
and your heart begins to sink
as you see him put his foot into the boat.

You can see him. You can hear him.

But that’s not enough.

Why is it so important for Jesus to touch you?

What can he do for you that no one else can do?
You wonder if you will ever have this opportunity again
to be so close to him.

“He cured many and, as a result,
those who had diseases
were pressing upon him to touch him.”

In our day, the Lord makes it so easy for us.

We need to count our blessings.

In a few moments, Jesus is going to live in us all day long
in all his humanity and all his divinity.

Let us capture that desire to be touched by Jesus in Holy Communion,
that same desire that we would have in the back of the crowd
as we saw Jesus putting his foot into the boat.

In Holy Communion, we hear Jesus calling out our name.

He’s saying to us, “Come to me.”

And as the crowd parts, we walk up to Jesus.

What will we say?

What will we ask Jesus to do for us as we look into his eyes?

Looking at the vast crowd He has just healed,
we know He’s going to do it.

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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