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Tuesday 17th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Tuesday 17th Week of the Year

Matthew 13:36-40

Why presume God’s mercy when we can claim it so easily?

Presumptions can be very dangerous.

A presumption is a belief that something is true
because it seems reasonable.

It is not based on evidence.


Someone may assume,
“A policeman has never caught me speeding,
so why should they catch me today?.

Or someone may think,
“I have eaten greasy hamburgers all my life
so another one today won’t hurt me.”

We all know how medical evidence
has overturned the presumption
that cigarettes cannot harm you.


Jesus began his ministry calling people to faith and repentance.

Some listened, but many didn’t want to change.


They didn’t want to repent.

The Gospel says,
“Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into his house.

The disciples followed Jesus.


What a joy it must’ve been for our Lord
when they asked for an explanation
of the parable of the wheat and the weeds!

His explanation makes it very clear
that our decisions and behaviors have real consequences.

We assume that everything will work out in the end.


We presume that we have plenty of time to change.

The question remains, how can we receive mercy for a sin
if we never ask for forgiveness?

How can we ask for mercy if we presume
that God will not hold us responsible for our choices?


It would be good for us to look at all our choices
and examine whether we are with the crowd
outside the house or with Jesus and his disciples inside the house.

I’m not going to presume God’s mercy anymore.

I’m going inside the disciples and claim it.

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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