Saturday, 21st Week in Ordinary Time September 2, 2023

Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Saturday, 21st Week in Ordinary Time

September 2, 2023, Matthew 25:14-30

What the Master Sees.


Sometimes, I visit people in the hospital who are in tremendous pain. The morphine barely takes off the edge of their misery. Yet, behind the tears in their eyes is peace. I experienced peace as soon as I walked into the room. Maybe they don’t recognize how united they are with Jesus and his suffering on the cross. 


Is that just a grace that Jesus gives to some people? There is a common factor in the people I know who are at peace in any misfortune. Their life is all about others. They took the ten or five talents or two talents and invested them in needy people. And they do it without giving it a second thought. They’re happy to volunteer their time in charitable work. 


What about the servant who buried his talent in the ground? This servant cares only about himself, and the ground he buries his talent is himself. He can never have enough. When he gets what he wants, it’s never satisfying. He always wants more. Watch out when some calamity comes along. It’s doubtful that he’ll accept it and move on. 


Jesus is more present to us than we realize when we are generous and kind to others. We receive His character in baptism; He is more than attending to us; we become another Christ to others. We don’t see it that way because it would probably give us a big head. 

Gospel Challenge:

Everything in life is a gift from our Father. Everything is grace, His Son loving through us. Ask Jesus for the intention to be His grace for others.

Peace everyone.


Fr. Rick Pilger, IC

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