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Tuesday 15th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Tuesday 15th Week of the Year

Matthew 11:20-24.

These words of Jesus “Woe to you, Chorazin
and Bethsaida” sound very harsh.

In reality, it’s more of an “excited warning!”

It’s the fearful warning
of what could happen to someone
driving too fast up a mountain,
and the road is washed out
ahead of them around a curve –
and they don’t know it.


We see this and exclaim, “Stop! Turn around! Now!”

Are we commanding or warning such a person
who is driving so fast on the road?

Of course, we are warning them.


Jesus worked miracles and healings everywhere he went.

However, the grace of his generous benevolence
failed to change the hearts of some of those recipients.

They were no closer to God by the way they lived
than they were before Jesus entered their towns.


It so broke his heart that he could only
throw out his last pitch for them to repent.

“Woe to you” is not translated as
“watch out. You are going to pay for your sins.”

Jesus was going to pay for those sins
on the cross out of love, and that would save them.


Anything they did for themselves
had no power to save them.

“Woe” is translated as “Alas.”

It is an experience of sorrowful pity
that Jesus is bearing in his heart
when we don’t repent and change our life
out of love for him.


He cannot overcome his sadness for us
until we do repent and change.

Its the sorrow a parent carries in their heart
when a child is addicted to drugs or some destructive force.

All the miracles that Jesus worked in his lifetime
before his Death and Resurrection and up to today
cannot compare to just one heart that changes
from sin and shame to mercy.

His experience of mercy allows such a heart
to embrace his love.


Jesus is never angry with us
when we abuse his gifts
and refuse to repent.

We console the heart of Jesus every time
we examine our conscience in his truth
and allow his love and mercy to change our life – forever.

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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