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Wednesday 2nd Week of Advent

Wednesday 2nd Week of Advent.

Today’s Mass Readings

Matthew 11:28-30.

Yesterday we said that God’s power is not overbearing or controlling.

God’s power is a loving mercy that cannot help but suffer with another person.

This is the source of the healing power of Jesus.

He takes our sufferings and sins into his own wounds
and by them we are healed.

Well, today we get another glance into the heart of Jesus.

He says he is meek and humble of heart.

The world thinks of meekness as someone
who is timid or shy, introverted and even bashful.

But in Galatians 5 where St. Paul lists the fruits of the Holy Spirit,
meekness is one of those fruits of the heart of Jesus.

Greek scholar, Rick Renner, says the Greek word for meekness “depicts an attitude or demeanor of a person who is forbearing, patient, and slow to respond in anger or who remains in control of himself in the face of insults or injuries.” (Sparkling Gems: from the Greek).

A meek person is one who is very humble,
willing to submit his will to a higher authority.

For the disciple, Jesus is that authority
who alone is in control in even difficult circumstances.

A meek person is far from being weak.

Instead of flying into a rage, they know when to keep quiet
and their temper under control.

Do we remember when Jesus was on the cross
and people were jeering at him, spitting upon him
and calling upon him to save himself?

Our Lord’s meekness and gentleness of heart
was a soothing medicine for the good thief
who prayed that Jesus would remember him
when he came into his kingdom.

Let us pray for a moment now that we may be slow to anger
and a soothing medicine or anyone who might lose it so easily.

Remember the adage, “There but for the grace of God go I.”

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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