Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily Saturday 26th Week in Ordinary Time 10-01-2022
Saturday 26th Week in Ordinary Time 2022
Luke 10:17-24 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/100122.cfm
There is a cry deep within our hearts that our Father alone in heaven can understand.
Children have a way of lifting your spirits like nothing else. So when the day gets busy, and I need a pick-me-up, I go to the school and visit a couple of the classrooms. The kids meet me at the door and treat me like I am Santa Clause. I am smiling from ear to ear.
Jesus was so overcome with the joy of His disciples returning from their first mission trip that He couldn’t contain Himself. He burst into prayer, “Thank you, Father, that these little ones, these children, know you as I know you. You are becoming their Father too.”
Jesus used the word “napios” for children, meaning “a babe in its mother’s arms.” It is a disposition of heart that frees up our thoughts and desires to be in total surrender to Jesus. Think of the deep cry within a baby feeling the pain of hunger. All it can do is cry. It doesn’t know words to tell Mommy what is wrong. But it knows Mommy understands the cry.
St. Paul uses “napios” when she says the Holy Spirit groans in us in ways we cannot express in words. Have the courage, my friends, to pray with such helplessness and trust that our Father can’t help but pour into our laps the treasures of heaven in abundance.
St. Teresa, the Little Flower, whose feast we celebrate today, said, “God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realized; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.” What desire is the Holy Spirit groaning your depths?
Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church,