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Wednesday 1st Week of the Year

Today’ Mass Readings

Wednesday 1st Week of Ordinary Time

Mark 1:29-39

If someone we were with became deadly ill right in front of us,
what is our first thought?

Call 911.

Every minute is vital to save a person’s life.

How silly it would be for us to tell the person,
I’ll get a doctor later, when I get around to it.


When people tell us about some difficulty or illness they are having,
we tell them, “I will pray for you” or “I’ll keep you in my prayers”.

Why wait?

The disciples didn’t wait to bring Peter’s Mother-in-law to Jesus,
who lay sick with a fever.

Mark writes, “They immediately told Jesus about her.


Like someone becoming deathly ill and we immediately call 911,
so the moment of grace, the healing, reconciling power of Jesus is now,
the very moment people come to you with something wrong.


I can’t say how many times I have done this
and people always come back and witness
how the Lord has healed, lead, consoled
and basically done only what God can do for someone.


Like the lady came to me after Mass
who was blind, deaf, and had heart palpitations.

I prayed over her on the spot,
just a sentence or two and gave her a blessing.

Off she went.

The next Sunday she came back
and told me she could see, hear
and the doctor told her the palpitations in her heart were gone.


Pray immediately.

Don’t worry about what you will say.

The Holy Spirit will pray in you.

The Lord Jesus will respond like any good doctor.

Capture the moment of grace immediately for someone.


Jesus is the same today, yesterday and 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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