Fr. Rick’s One Minute Homily -12-02-2021

 Thursday 1st Week of Advent
 Matthew 7:21, 24-27


 That is Tom Brady, the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is never satisfied. If you listen to his news conferences after a win, he will acknowledge different players and plays that went well. But at the end, he always says in one way or another, “We can play better.” That drive to be your best, I like. It is motivating in crunch time.

 Something else caught my eye about Brady. There were only a few seconds left in the game a week ago Sunday and the Bucs had a sure win. The camera fell on Brady and what was he doing? Looking at his iPad to learn something he didn’t want to miss. Incredible. It takes that kind of determination to be the best.

 This makes me wonder. How many times a day I might think of God in a moment of need, but it’s just a passing thought. Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” Words without heart are not prayer. It’s about presence, being present to God as I find myself this moment.

 I find it amazing how open I am to what God wants when I know He is with me. All fear and worry leave, Having to make people and things right by my standards seem so foolish. “Seek the Lord while he may be found. Call on him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6.” I can’t do the will of my Father without Him. Like Tom Brady, “We can all play (be) better.”

Fr. Rick Pilger, IC


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