Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Sunday 14th Week in Ordinary Time 07-03-2022
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022
Luke 10:1-12; 17-20 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/070122.cfm
SON, LET’S MOVE TO ANOTHER HOLE.
My first look at today’s gospel reminded me of fishing with my dad when I was a little kid. You can imagine the scene. We pull the boat up to a fishing hole. Dad told me how many fish he had caught out of this hole over the years. I couldn’t wait.
When we got there, I threw the line in the water and waited, and waited, and waited. Then, finally, I could see myself starting to cry, thinking this was the only place in the whole lake where we could catch fish. Then dad said, “Pull up the anchor, son.” I asked him, “Are we going home?” He laughed and said, “No, I have another hole we can fish that is just as good as this one.” I thought to myself; I hope it is better than this one. But I didn’t say it.
We know the saying, “If you don’t succeed at first, try again.” This is pretty much what Jesus told the disciples; however, he warned them that it wouldn’t be easy. “I’m sending you like lambs among wolves… If one town doesn’t accept you, shake the dust off your feet and go to the next town.”
I find this very challenging, and I’ll tell you why. By the grace of God, I know what my relationship with Jesus and the church means to me – everything. And I must admit, it breaks my heart that so many good people who are Catholic are not celebrating our faith with us on the weekends. I wonder, “Why me, Lord, and why are these good folks here and not everyone? We should be bursting at the seams.”
And I can see Jesus, with a smile on his face, saying, “Leave it to me. I’ve got this. Like I told my disciples when I first sent them out, shake the dust off your feet and go to the next town. In other words, don’t concern yourselves. The time will come when that town will be ready, but it’s not today. I will never forget them and will be back to visit them. So, leave it to me.”
What can I say?
IGNITE THE FIRE!
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC