Monday 8 th Week in Ordinary Time 2022
Luke 10:17-27 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/022822.cfm
WHEN A CHALLENGE COMES ALONG, DON’T LET THE FIRE GO OUT.
A challenge we accept and work on sets the fire in us ablaze. The biggest challenge in
my life was accepting the position of pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church and School in
obedience. I say “in obedience” because I have learned that God will always supply
what I lack to accomplish His glorious will for us.
He is doing that through our staff and volunteers, who use their gifts and abilities to
accomplish what I could never do on my own. I can’t micromanage. I learned that the
Fire of the Holy Spirit is ablaze in them when they are free to work on a project with little
interference from me. I let go of the way I think something should be done. I am always
there to support them when needed.
The rich young man was offered a challenge in today’s gospel to sell all he had and give
it to the poor, then follow Jesus. Was it because he had too much to give up? I doubt it.
Perhaps it was because he didn’t know Jesus enough to trust Him. What he turned
away from was much more than what he was challenged to give up.
I love the last line in the gospel, “With God, all things are possible. “Is there some
challenges you didn’t think you could embrace because it seemed too much? Or is
there a challenge you are facing now that seems too much for you to do? The moment
you welcome the challenge is when the Fire of the Holy Spirit ignites unbelievable
possibilities that only God can accomplish. Welcome to His Kingdom of richness this
world can’t begin to comprehend.
IGNITE THE FIRE
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC
Fr. Rick’s Two-Minute Homily for Wednesday, 1st Week in Advent December 6, 2023, Matthew 15:29-37 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/120623.cfm NEVER HUNGER. HOW IS THAT? A few years ago,