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Thursday 21st Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings


Thursday 21st Week of the Year

Matthew 23:42-51.

Anticipation or looking forward to an event
is something we do all the time.

We do it with small things such
as preparing for our day and its events.

And we anticipate bigger things such
as preparing for a wedding
or the World Series or the Super Bowl.


Jesus knows we need to prepare for his coming as well.

He anticipates that we will be
faithful and prudent servants
who know and fulfill our responsibilities to him
and our brothers and sisters.

He is so good to help us see now
what will be very important to us later on.


He has given us all different talents and abilities
to look after those most precious to him,
the little ones that no one recognizes.

St. Louis, a king of France,
had extraordinary compassion
and was not afraid to let his hands get dirty
helping people in the worst of circumstances.


He didn’t sit on a throne
and let other people minister to lepers.

He wasn’t a wicked servant who said that
there’s plenty of time to worry about the state of my soul,
“I’m going to enjoy today.”

He ministered humbly and with great love in his heart to lepers,
inspiring many others to follow his example.


Getting our hands dirty is a phrase coined by Pope Francis.

He is calling ordinary people, all people, in fact,
to not be afraid what we might get under our fingernails.

A little dirt will wash off, and a little act of charity
will save a life and maybe even a soul.

Hopefully, none of our fingernails are always clean.


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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