October 9, 2021, Saturday, 27th Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 11:15-26
Please open your Scriptures and read these verses prayerfully.

You are set aside to be your best.


 “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” Watching pro golfers hit terrific shots and score in ways I can only dream, I sometimes wonder if their sons or daughters will have similar desires and abilities to follow in the steps of mom or dad.

Jesus did this in His humanity. He learned from His mother what it means to be the best human being He could be. When Mary and Joseph found Jesus in the temple, the Gospel tells us that Jesus “grew in wisdom and knowledge.” To educate is more than handing down knowledge. It’s to train someone in virtue: Virtues like Honesty, doing our best, and acting with integrity tap the best in us. These and all virtues define the kind of human being we are becoming.

 The Gospel Challenge:  Our parents brought us to our baptism to set us aside for God. We live, like Jesus, not for ourselves but for Him and others. We are set aside for God’s purpose. Think of your purpose as a spouse, a parent, an employee, a friend.

We are blessed to be the spouse, parent, and friend God ordained us to be. What will you do today to be the best you can be? Jesus gives us His virtues to be our best in prayer. So go to him every day. The Church down the centuries calls this pursuit “holiness.” We are still telling stories of holy people who died two millennia ago. Who will tell your story?

 IGNITE THE FIRE. God bless you, my friends.

Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.


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