October 22, 2021, Friday 29th Week in Ordinary Time

The old-fashioned way works.

Luke 12:54-59

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

Do you remember your first written test to get your driver’s license? I recall the one part of the test that I found most difficult – the road signs. Over the few months before I took the test in high school, I studied and studied those signs. Smith Barney reminded me, "We do it the old-fashioned way. We earn it." So instead of taking the easy way with multiple choices, I wrote out what each sign meant. As a result, I aced the written test.

It did take some effort to recognize each road sign, but it was worth it. Relationships take a lot of work as well. Even people who fall in love "at first sight" take a lifetime to get to know each other.

The Gospel Challenge:

Consider this thought: For three years, the disciples traveled with Jesus every day. They heard him speak. They witnessed his miracles. Jesus did things only God can do. Yet, in the end, only one of the chosen twelve stood under the Cross with Jesus as He died, John, the beloved disciple. Why him and not the others? Because Jesus lived in his heart more than He did in the other disciples.

For John, the teaching and miracles were signs of Jesus’ love that set his heart on fire for Jesus, but they were more. John spent time with Jesus understanding how his teaching and miracles affected his life. It takes time for a spark to become ablaze. How much time do you need to spend with Jesus each day? Just try it, the old-fashioned way. Let him set your heart on fire.

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


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