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Thursday 6th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Thursday 6th Week of the Year

Mark 8:27-33.

How to keep our human person secure from any attack?

Identity theft is a big problem today.

Companies are constantly
trying to keep ahead of thieves.

There is another identity far more important
than information we have about ourselves
and our bank accounts.

It’s the person we are in God’s eyes.

Writing to the Ephesians, St. Paul says,
“By the power of the Holy Spirit,
may you come to know your hidden self.”

Jesus wanted to reveal His hidden self to the disciples.

“Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered through the grace of the Holy Spirit,
“You are the Christ”.

So Jesus told them what “the Christ” meant;
to suffer, be killed and rise from the dead.

Then Peter responded
without the help of the Holy Spirit,”
This can’t happen to you”.

Jesus calls Peter Satan or the Tempter,
the one who keeps us from knowing Jesus
and knowing ourselves.

Like securities that protect our personal identity
from being stolen and abused,
the cross of Jesus protects us from Satan
stealing God’s Presence from our hearts.

Some crosses come to us from the outside,
another person, or an event, illness,
anything out of our control.

 

It will call us to give of ourselves, sometimes heroically
but always selflessly.

Embraced in love, these crosses become a joy to bear.

In no uncertain terms, Satan hears and obeys
for he cannot be present to sacrificial love.

 

It reminds him of the Love Jesus has for us.

The cross of Jesus is our protection
to keep our innermost person secure
in the Presence of Jesus.

We call upon him in our weakness to bear it
and he fills us joy to be our strength
in those difficult times, we feel we can’t do it.

 

This kind of sacrifice of ourselves is the cross
that saves us and others.

 

When under attack,
embrace with affection Jesus’ suffering
as your own.

Lovingly unite any cross you may be carrying
with his cross while saying,
“Get behind me Satan”.

Satan runs from the cross
because the one who was crucified on it
did it with a perfect love for 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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