Saturday, 23rd Week in Ordinary Time September 16, 2023

Father Rick’s Two-Minute Homily for Saturday, 23rd Week in Ordinary Time

September 16, 2023, Luke 6:43-49

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/091623.cfm

Deep Roots

I know of a friend whose neighbor’s tree hit her house during a tropical storm. It was too top-heavy for the weak root system to keep it upright during the high winds. Life’s storms also come by occasionally and take the form of losing a job, an illness, and daily frustrations.

Jesus is Lord and can handle any storm we experience in life, just as he quieted the wind in the sea when he was in a boat with his disciples one night. But if we go to him only when we need something, we will be like a tree with no roots. The time we spend in prayer with Jesus pushes his roots down into the deepest soil of our hearts, where He is most present to us.

He works through the love and commitment we make to him every day. As we turn to him in thanksgiving and praise for all the blessings we receive and share what we feel during moments of hardship, we become vulnerable to Jesus. Let Jesus hold your heart, and all it bears in the sacred moments in His Presence.

We may have to get our bearings after something happens, but we always come back to our roots, who is Jesus. His patience and kindness in us keep our minds and hearts quiet until the storms pass.

Gospel Challenge:

We could contemplate with him what kind of fruit he forms in us during those difficult moments. Do not be afraid to cry to Jesus in weakness and ask his mercy. His roots will grow deeper in our souls and bear beautiful fruit for all to enjoy.

Ignite the Fire

Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.

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