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July 18, 2021, 16th Sunday of the Year B

Pure Love! Nothing like it in this world.

Mark 6:30-34 

Purity of intention is so important in all our relationships. 

I was blessed to spend the last couple of weeks with my family. 

When my great-niece, Avery, 6 years old, hugged me, looked up at me, and said, “I love you, Uncle Ricky,” it was pure love. 

I can’t put into words what she means to me. 

We all have experienced the love that goes to our core. 

It’s more than a feeling. 

Our souls meet as one. 

We will do anything we can for such a person and enjoy it. 

Such is the love the Lord has for us and all His People for all ages. 

A person who loves purely, that is everything for the other person, is a good Shepherd. 

When Jesus saw the hunger of the people following Him in the gospel, His heart was moved with pity, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. 

The role and importance of a shepherd can get lost in our American society. 

But we know so well how much it takes to care for someone who can’t fend for themselves – a child, an aging parent. 

We are all shepherds to someone. 

Needs change with the person. 

The love that requires all we have to give doesn’t change. 

According to Jesus, good shepherds never lose this sacrificial love for others. 

Bad shepherds never see their needs or if they do, they rarely respond to them. 

For example, we can all think of someone who always puts themselves first 

They always talk about themselves. 

They are arrogant and exhibit manipulative and controlling behavior. 

I find it helpful to call to mind the innocent love of someone like Avery to help me see who really matters. 

When that gets difficult, take Jesus’ advice and “Come away with Him in a deserted place and rest awhile from all that is not as important. 

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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