Fr. Rick’s One Minute Homily for Saturday of the Second Week in Advent, December 10, 2022
Matthew 17:9a, 10-13 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/121022.cfm
“We played the flute for you. We sang a dirge for you.”
We can’t live in the future, only the present.
Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd starred in Back to the Future. Michael was accidentally sent back 30 years in the movie, and he almost prevented his future parents from falling in love. It was quite a comedy.
We don’t have to go back to the future to be with Jesus. Nor do we have to wait for a future event when God saves us from ourselves. It is difficult for people in our Lord’s time to see a human being embody salvation in Jesus of Nazareth.
I thought it wasn’t any easier for us to see Jesus in the people who disrupt our lives and will cause us pain and suffering. Sometimes it is even difficult to see the presence of Jesus past our sins.
But he is there, waiting for us to cry out for mercy: waiting for us to say I’m sorry for anyone I hurt, waiting for us to reach out to him in people we have written on off. Forgiveness of ourselves and others is as difficult to accept today as it was for the people of our Lord’s time.
I challenge us all to experience how sweet and precious the Lord’s mercy is in His words to the priest in Confession, “I absolve you from all your sins, in the name of the Father and the Son of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Jesus is the one who takes away the sins of the world, NOW. We don’t have to wait for the future to be at peace.
Penance service with Confession: Monday, December 12, beginning with Adoration at 6 pm.
Ignite the Fire
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC
Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.
Blessed Sacrament Church
11565 66th Ave. N.
Seminole, FL 33772