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Tuesday 5th Week of Lent

Today’ Mass Readings

Tuesday 5th Week of Lent.

Numbers 21:4-9

Have you noticed how road rage
is a much more common experience in recent years?

I suppose traveling can be burdensome for some people.

The folks traveling with Moses in the desert were not too happy either.


The grass is greener on the other side,
even when you already been there.

They thought they had everything they needed in Egypt.

“Why have you brought us up from Egypt
to die in the desert where there is no food or water?”


The Lord is teaching us something about complaining to him,
even under our breath.

The bronze serpent in the desert was only a symbol
of what happened to their relationship with God
when they complained about him rather than ask his help.

Better to turn to the Lord and express to him our poverty
implore his mercy.


He will take our suffering on his cross.

The Israelites gazed upon the bronze serpent and were healed.

As we gaze upon a crucifix, we can’t help but consider
the passionate love Jesus has for us.


A complaining and angry response to disappointing events
only pushes God away.

We wouldn’t talk to her best friend like that God is our very best friend.


“Have mercy on us Lord and cleanse us of our complaining spirit.”

Honest prayer, speaking to Jesus from our hearts, always draws him near.

And when he is near, we will find him bringing good out of every evil.

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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