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Tuesday 12th Week Of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Tuesday 12th Week Of the Year.

Matthew 7:6, 12-14

When people see what Christians are like, then they want to be Christians too.

When Jesus touches a person’s heart,
and they know his mercy personally,
they ask in one way or another,
“Why doesn’t everyone believe in Jesus?”

For as many people there are
that don’t believe in Jesus or practice their faith,
there are as many reasons.

Some people are just not able or ready
to embrace the Good News of the Lord.
Jesus is telling us not to give precious and holy things
that God has done inside of us to such people.

Not everyone comes to the Lord on our timetable.

But there are more ways
of preaching the Gospel than just by our words.
How would we respond to an off-color joke
that someone is telling a crowd
or someone gossiping about an employee or friend?

What would we do if someone
was watching a TV show
that was inappropriate for anyone’s eyes?

We might find it hard to walk through the narrow gate at the time.
It is so wise to pray for discernment
that we speak and act only in love
and with peace in our hearts.

We must never threaten anyone with our faith and our love for Jesus.

Prayer and fasting for a person can till the soil of their soul
for the Lord to place a seed of faith
in their hearts when he knows it will be receptive

St. Francis once said, “Preach always and when necessary use words.”

Cecil Northcott in “A Modern Epiphany”
wrote about a group of young people
from many nations in a camp
who were discussing ways of telling people about our Lord Jesus.

He writes,

They turned to the girl from Africa. ‘Maria,’ they asked, ‘what do you do in your country?’ ‘Oh,’ said Maria, we don’t have missions or give pamphlets away. We just send one or two Christian families to live and work in a village, and when people see what Christians are like, then they want to be Christians too.’”

Our greatest witness is an example of our life.

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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