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Tuesday 1st Week of the Year

Today’ Mass Readings

Tuesday 1st Week of the Year

Mark 1:21-28

“What can I do?”

Reading today’s Gospel we might ask the same question.

We could never perform an exorcism.

So how can we relate to such a passage?


Possession by demons is not the only way that people are dehumanized.

Open a newspaper or watch a newscast
and you will see many, many ways that people are abused.


As with the exorcism we say, what can we do?

I am only one person.

There is plenty that we can do.


Every day we find ourselves in situations
where we can avoid abusive behavior.

Not taking part in gossip, choosing to forgive and not retaliate,
avoiding the temptation to judge someone
all share in Jesus ministry of exorcism.

Let us ask the Lord to help us eradicate evil
in situations, we find ourselves in before it ever starts.

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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