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Tuesday 13th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

There are storms everywhere: 

storms from within and without that assail the Church;
our streets are filled with senseless crimes;
laws our nation is making with little or no respect for morality;
and not forgetting the chaos on the world scene. 

Think of the storms that assail us right now.  


There are storms that come out of the blue:
a loved one suddenly dies,
or we are told that we have cancer,
a family member resorts to alcohol or drugs or anger… 

The list seems endless. 

Does it seem like Jesus is asleep? 


Could we not just wake him up and ask him to wave his hand
and make all the storms go away
like he did that night on the boat with the apostles? 

Perhaps it’s not Jesus who is asleep at all. 

Please notice, Jesus rebuked the lack of faith in the disciples
before he rebuked the wind and the sea. 


Why are you afraid, oh men of little faith?” 

Jesus found their lack of faith more pressing
than the tragedy they were about to experience from the wind and sea. 

By a simple command, he could calm the wind and the seas. 

But he has no such authority over our wills and our choices. 


We don’t have to wait for a crisis to trust Jesus. 

Did we ever think about how much he longs
to take care of us and help us every day if we only turn to him? 

We can ask Jesus to wake up our trust in him,
wake up our faith in him, wake up our knowledge
that he knows when a sparrow falls from the sky. 


How much more will Jesus care for us, protect us,
and be involved in all the concerns us,
if only we welcome him. 

Listen to the last two lines of Sacred Scripture found in the book of Revelation: 

Come Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all (this moment.” 

Whether it is a crisis or it is a daily, mundane event – Jesus waits.  

He never sleeps. 

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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