Saturday 2nd Week in Ordinary Time, January 20, 2024

Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Saturday 2nd Week in Ordinary Time,
January 20, 2024, Mark 3:20-21

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/012024.cfm

Life Out of Bounds?

A while back, speakers were innovative in thinking “out of the box.” The “box” is a fact of life. We must obey speed limits for everyone’s safety. Play stops in sports if a player goes “out of bounds.” Going on diets has been around for a while, limiting our food intake and eating healthy foods. All of these are valid and deserve our attention. If we don’t, we will face the consequences.

We are so used to living in “the box” that some people are considered crazy when they venture outside of it. At the turn of the 17th century, William Harvey, an English physician, was deemed crazy when he discovered the heart’s function and how blood circulates in the body. His findings proved correct and are considered one of the most significant medical discoveries ever.

Jesus was considered crazy by his home crowd. In the minds of Jesus’ family and friends, He had to carry on the family business to keep society intact. Family bonds were one of the highest priorities. Jesus stepped out of this box and traveled, preaching and healing people everywhere. It was too much for his hometown to take. “He’s crazy!”

Gospel Challenge:

Review your daily routine. Faith calls us to step out of that routine and try something different. How about when you get up in the morning? It might seem strange to turn off the news, open your Scriptures, listen to the Rosary, or meditate on an app. I use the Hallow App every morning. Life out of bounds for us is fair play for Jesus.

Try it and then share that experience with a friend.

Love Your Neighbor:
Please join me in praying for all baptized Catholics to be faithful to Jesus in the Holy Mass every weekend. Hail Mary, full of grace…

Mother Mary, “I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus.” The Surrender Novena – InHeartland. https://inheartland.com/pages/the-surrender-novena

Peace be with you.

Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.
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