Friday 26th Week in Ordinary Time 2022

Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily Friday 26th Week in Ordinary Time 09-30-2022
Friday 26th Week in Ordinary Time 2022
Luke 10:13-16

When our hearts change after encountering Jesus, we will never forget him.

The word “woe” that Jesus uses in today’s Gospel is not a warning but a cry from deep within his heart. The Lord pleads with the people of Chorazin and Bethsaida and with us to listen to Him, to get beyond the miracles He performs over nature and broken bodies.

His plea is for us to turn to Him with our whole hearts and to hide nothing from Him. No secrets, no darkness in our souls will stop Him from loving us and laying down His life for us on the cross.

The people of Chorazin and Bethsaida experienced His mighty deeds but failed to come to Him for the mightiest deed of all, forgiveness. The saddest thing is that when Jesus left their towns, no one would continue to proclaim His Gospel.

The miracles would be forgotten because no one’s life changed. Instead, when Jesus left, they returned to the same worries, disputes, and nitpicking they did before He came to town.

They missed out on the surprise of the Gospel, as Pope Benedict XVI called it. “There is nothing more beautiful than to know Christ and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.” The power of God’s Word comes alive in us when we welcome Jesus to love us at our worst.

Then our witness to Jesus becomes effective, and people will listen. The words we speak about Jesus flow from the deepest and richest encounter a human being can have with the Lord – His Mercy. Having visited our town, will the sadness of Jesus continue, or will the angels in heaven rejoice over one repentant sinner?


Father Rick Pilger, I.C.

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