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Wednesday 4th Week of Lent

Today’ Mass Readings

Wednesday 4th Week of Lent.

John 5:17-30.

In this passage, he is teaching me and all of us
that the relationship we have with Jesus
we really have with his Father too.

I really love my Dad and of course Mom too
for different reasons.

Just telling you now, I feel the excitement
as I went fishing with my Dad for the first time
on Long Lake at Weematuk Hills
near our home town in Illinois.

I can close my eyes and watch him
teaching me how to bait the hook,
how to throw over the spawning beds
and wait for the fish to take the hook
before I pulled on the line.

I can hear him saying,
“oh, Ricky, you are too quick.
You have to be patient.”

Even now when I go fishing
or watch a fishing show on TV
I think how much Dad loved me,
taking me fishing almost every day
after he got off of work.

I’ve really got some good fish stories
but I will save them for another time.

For the longest time I’ve had
a very deep and loving relationship with Jesus.

In this passage he is teaching me and all of us
that the relationship we have with Jesus
we really have with his Father too.

Sometimes we might get those temptations
that God is out to get us
and we better watch out or else.

But this isn’t what God is like.

I have to remember Jesus saying,
“I solemnly assure you,
the Son cannot do anything by himself –
he can do only what he sees the Father doing.”

So what did the Son do
but get on the cross and carry our sins to his death.

Jesus said that his Father leaves judgment to him.

Remember always,
Jesus always has mercy on us in this life.

What he judges is our sins
and he longs for us to repent so our sins will no longer condemn us.

He doesn’t want us to carry any longer
the penalty of our sins,
that is, the hurt and separation they cause us
in our relationship with him and other people.

Jesus never wants us to carry them for a single moment longer
and definitely, not into eternity.

This is what the Father does:
he raises the dead and gives life.

So if we are in a tomb, dead to him or others,
let us hear his voice calling us to “come forth”.

Let us rise with him and live.

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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