Monday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time 2022

Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Monday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time 09-05-2022
Monday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time 2022
Luke 6:6-11


We all have triggers, involuntary reactions to situations or something someone says or does. Over time, we think, say, and do the same thing when something happens. For example, it happens when watching a baseball or football game. Our team scores, and we clap, yell, and even jump up and down if it’s a game-winner. Everything is involuntary.

Jesus found Himself in a similar situation in today’s gospel. He saw a man with a withered hand in the synagogue. He knew the scribes and Pharisees were up to their old tricks, waiting to catch Jesus off guard. In this case, healing (working) on the Sabbath. Jesus doesn’t react to people or situations; He creates them.

This grace of Jesus is in us. Following Jesus and welcoming His love in us for people causes us to respond in charity to needs that come our way. For instance, Jesus cleverly asks the leaders if it is lawful to do good or evil on the Sabbath. There was no response. The man’s hand was healed when he stretched it out.

Jesus could care less about showing up the scribes and Pharisees. He was methodically executing His plan to reach out to all living on society’s margins. He responded to his critics. Let us surrender ourselves to the will of Jesus that we will reach out our hand to the forgotten in society, whatever it may cost us.

If that is too difficult to do in a situation, let us ask the intercession of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta to fill our hearts and hands with the courage and love that filled hers. Ask her intercession to help us find some new, life-giving triggers.


Father Rick Pilger, I.C.

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