Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily Saturday 25th Week in Ordinary Time 09-24-2022
Saturday 25th Week in Ordinary Time 2022
Luke 9:42B-45 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/092422.cfm
NO ONE WANTS TO SUFFER, BUT…
We know how we feel when someone close to us is told they need a biopsy for a spot that may be cancer. How much we dread the possibility of what they must suffer. And if it is cancer, how much do we suffer with them during their operation and chemotherapy?
Coming down the mountain after the Transfiguration, Jesus tells his three disciples that he will suffer, be crucified, and rise again. How easy it would be for any of us to relish that excitement and hype of the Transfiguration. How wonderful to stay on that mountain. But they went down into the valley, and immediately Jesus healed a man possessed by a demon.
Jesus had to let his disciples know that his healing power was not magic but the result of much pain and suffering. Nevertheless, it is by his wounds that we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus did not shrink from showing his greatest love for us through His suffering and Passion. He challenges us to pick up our cross daily and show how much we love him in the hard times. That cross carried in love brings healing and salvation to people who need Jesus’ healing and compassion. We are His hands and heart for people.
Is there a cross you carry now that you don’t want to pick up? Pray with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, “Lord let this cup pass me by, but let not my will but yours be done.”
IGNITE THE FIRE IN YOUR HEART!
Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.
Blessed Sacrament Church
11565 66th Ave. N.
Seminole, FL 33772