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Tuesday 2nd Week of the Year

Today’ Mass Readings

Tuesday 2nd Week of the Year

Mark 2:23-28.

Whenever I get away, even for a few days,
I begin to feel the tension and stress drain out of my body.

I can feel myself begin to relax.

In this always amazes me
because usually, I am never aware of the stress.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a whole day every week
to just let out that big sigh of relief
knowing that nothing is pressing today.

Does that sound wasteful – a waste of time?

Our society is so bent on productivity
that we can easily get caught up and think
we always have to produce something of value.

So this makes me look at what I value.

Instead of seeing the Lord’s Day as freedom from every kind of work,
let’s think of it as freedom for what is most important in our lives.

Can you name some of those things?

How about our relationship with God
and our family for starters?

What would it be like to cut out a few hours on a Sunday
and spend time with my family
discussing how the readings at Mass can affect our family life?

How wonderful it would be to play some games with them
and just have some fun.

What would it be like to turn off the TV
and take time with each member of my family
listening to what’s important to them
and how we can help them in some way?

And don’t forget the nap to refresh our bodies
that we would love to be able to take and not feel guilty?

These are just a few suggestions
and if we implemented them or ones that are important to us,
our Sunday would be pretty full
but it would be a different kind of activity from the other six days.

And we could find that those other six days
will be much more productive.

“The Sabbath,” Jesus said, “was made for man.”
so we could all be renewed in what’s most important in 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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