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Thursday 9th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Thursday 9th Week of the Year.

Mark 12:28-34.

When He lives in our hearts, we have no fear of what we might see first in ourselves and then in others.

We are all so used to the phrase, “Hi, how are you?”

“Great.” “And you?” “I could not be better.”

The strange thing is,
we probably don’t mean one word of it.
Our society teaches us and encourages us
to be superficial in our relationships.

We have all kinds of gadgets and apps
to keep ourselves busy and away from each other.

They can be distractions to what is truly important –
the union of hearts in love with the Lord Jesus.
But the Lord has a secret
that breaks down all those barriers.

When He lives in our hearts,
we have no fear of what we might see first
in ourselves and then in others.

And the strangest thing is,
we are not afraid to let others see us as we are.
Humility is born out of the pure love
and this is the love that Jesus always has for us.

When the Lord is in our hearts,
we long to know our weakness and sinfulness
for we never want to displease Him
Who is so worthy of all the love in our hearts.

We know like an instinct his love is mercy for us
when we offend him as well as others who offend us.

I want to say it’s the sweetest kind of love
because it is completely void of self.

“Perfect love drives out all fear” (1 John 418).

This perfect Love the Lord has for us
is a personal encounter with Him.

And when we love others without fear,
they have an encounter
with that same Love who is God in us.

We don’t have to jump through a bunch of hoops
to be loved by the Lord, and neither do others
when we love them in Jesus.

We just have to tell Jesus
we are thirsty for Him to fill us
with His life-giving water
that flows from His pierced heart.

And when we love ourselves honestly without fear,
loving others become so effortless.

When it’s difficult, we see them through the eyes of Mercy
until we delight in just who they are today.

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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