Monday, 30th Week in Ordinary Time, October 24, 2022

Fr. Rick’s Gospel Reflection for Monday, 30th Week in Ordinary Time, October 24, 2022
Luke 13:10-17
Please open your Scriptures and read these verses prayerfully.

The Law is not an end but a beginning. 

Would you mind opening your Scriptures and reading these verses prayerfully? 

How often does a driver pull up to a stop sign and roll through it? We do it without even thinking. After riding with the police for eight years in Galesburg, IL., I learned that a police officer looks for a car to brake, knowing it does when the car pulls backward momentarily. Try it. A police officer looks for that full stop. I left it on Seminole Blvd a long time ago, and sure enough, I got written up. Now my car rolls back at every red light and stop sign.

The people in today’s Gospel saw Jesus curing a lady who was bent forward for 18 years. Try walking like that for five minutes. The Law was explicit, no work on the Sabbath. But Jesus was motivated by something more significant than the Law, compassion. He suffered with this woman. Jesus felt her pain in his back. He experienced her humiliation, bowing down before everyone for 18 years. He could not stand to see her suffer any longer.

The Gospel Challenge:
The beginning of knowing right from wrong in God’s eyes is the Law God gave Moses, the Commandments. The fulfillment of that Law is morality, doing the right thing to please God. I want Him to be happy with me, for I love Him so much. However, sometimes I need Confession.

I use the following rule of thumb to guide me. When I do something because I must do it, it takes the joy out of it. I notice that I burn up a lot of energy. It is a whole different ballgame when I do something for the love of God and people. I use God’s power. And it surprises me how something beautiful happened I did not expect. But Jesus did.

Think of something you do, even every day. Then, do it, not because you must, but because you love to do it for Jesus.


God bless you, my friends.
Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.

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