4th Sunday in Ordinary Time January 28, 2024

Fr. Rick’s Two-Minute Homily for 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 28, 2024, Mark 1:21-28


If I had to pick my favorite teacher in school, it was my second-grade teacher, Sr. Dominic. I remember that she was so tall. I used to help her grade papers. Then, in high school, this teacher approached me and asked me, “Are you Rick Pilger from St. Mary’s in Canton.” I said, “Yes.” She said I am Sr. Dominic.” Wow. She was so short, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t recognize her because she had no veil. This lady had hair and ears.”

Speaking of high school, by the time our junior and senior years rolled around, we had to take several courses we had no interest in, but we worked through it. Many of us forgot these courses soon after we finished them, and they did not impact our lives and choices. For me, math and I never mixed well.

Sometimes, our faith can be my math course. There are periods when other interests take our time, some we may enjoy. We may find ourselves on the internet with others who share the same interests. Time flies. Or we may be caught up in an ongoing news story and can’t get enough of it. What is the latest, we wonder?

There is nothing wrong with any of these activities. However, I must ask myself where these activities are leading me. Am I a better person because of the time and energy they take?

Are my relationships healthier because of them? Without realizing it, these human interests become my teachers in life. It’s like I believed everything they said; if I am not careful, they can become my gospel in life.

Notice in the gospel today that Jesus taught the people unlike any other teacher. He taught with authority, even driving out unclean spirits with absolute authority.

No human being or philosophical system can heal bodies, minds, and social evils, forgive, reconcile, liberate, or give new life like the Lord Jesus. We have only one Savior.

Gospel Challenge:
Would it be worth my while to listen to Jesus and what He teaches in the Scriptures and His People and discover why He and the Catholic Church are still around after 2000-plus years? Think about that: 2000 years, One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith. Go to our parish website, www.bscchurch.com, and scroll down to FORMED. Sign up and see what interests you. Jesus wants to teach you, too.

Love Your Neighbor:
Please join me in praying for all baptized Catholics to be faithful to Jesus in the Holy Mass every weekend. Hail Mary, full of grace…

Mother Mary, “I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus.” The Surrender Novena – InHeartland. https://inheartland.com/pages/the-surrender-novena

Peace be with you.

Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.
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