Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Friday 2nd Week in Ordinary Time, January 20, 2023
Mark 3:13-19 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/012023.cfm
Who is Your Mentor?
When I began my studies for the priesthood in England, I met a priest who knew Jesus. Fr. Anthony Meredith profoundly affected me and my relationship with God. He wasn’t a scholar who could teach a theological course. He had a presence about him, and I soon discovered that Presence was Christ.
Fr. Anthony taught me how to follow Jesus. Reading this morning’s Gospel reminded me of Fr. Anthony. “Jesus summoned those He wanted, and they came to Him.” Anthony was my summons to Jesus. In those formative years of my studies and religious life, the Lord blessed me to notice that summons so I could go to Jesus. Every morning I still go to Him in the Blessed Sacrament during adoration, and in His Holy Word, I am sharing with you now.
Jesus invites us all to be a little crazy for the sake of His eternal kingdom. I cannot put His offer of eternal life into one of my convenient boxes. Who do you know is criticized for acting outside our culture’s box because of their faith? Is Jesus living outside your box? What would happen if you started following Him in faith? Faith always calls us to step out. Talk to Jesus about how that would feel and even share it with a dear friend.
IGNITE THE FIRE!
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC