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Wednesday 2nd Week of the Year

Today’ Mass Readings

Wednesday 2nd Week of the Year

Mark 3:1-6

“Sabbath time” is always about relationships.”

We saw yesterday how important it is for us
to set a day aside for relationships that are really important,
more important than anything else.

I’m calling that “Sabbath time”.

Sabbath time always includes the love and attention
we give to both God and important relationships,
especially family members.

Love the Lord your God
and love your neighbor as yourself
is really one love that God pours into our hearts
for him and others.

I call it “one love” because when we leave the Lord
having honored and worshiped him in the Holy Mass
to spend time with our families,
we really don’t leave him at all.

We encounter the Lord in the people we love
by being there for them in a very special way.

This is what Jesus was doing
when he healed the man
with the withered hand on the Sabbath.

He didn’t see it as work
but a way to show his love for his Father
by loving and healing that man.

If the Pharisees really knew what God was like,
they would’ve been helping that man all the way along,
no matter what day it happened to be.

They would have rejoiced at the healing of the man’s withered hand.

Jesus knew that neither his father nor he
could allow this man to continue to suffer another minute.

So he healed him, and by healing him, he loved him.

He honored his Father and we can honor Jesus
by worshiping him in the Holy Mass
and not forgetting how present he truly is
in the ones we serve after Mass on the Sabbath
and every day during the week.

“Sabbath time” is all about relationships.

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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