Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Saturday, the 5th Week in Lent – 04-09-2022



The TV show, NCIS, has been popular for years. Forensic science helps solve murder cases. The beginning and end of the show, play a snippet of the song “Who are you” by the Who. It’s a catchy tune that grabs your attention to want to solve the mystery.

People wanted to know who Jesus was throughout His ministry, especially the authorities. At first, Jesus didn’t want anyone to know that He was the Messiah. The people wanted a political messiah who would defeat the Romans and restore their nation to greatness again. Jesus fulfilled all the prophesies foretold about Him in the Old Testament. Jesus was more popular than the Scribes and Pharisees, so they had to get rid of Him. He was too much of a challenge.

Who are You to me, Jesus? Are you more popular in my life than anyone or anything else? How do my choices and behavior answer that question? Just who are you to my family and me? Down the path of my life, have I gotten rid of some of you, or all of you. In the deepest part of my heart, I pray you are not a threat but an invitation to save me from the world in me. Your prayer on the cross gives me much comfort, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.”

Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.


Fr. Rick Pilger, IC


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