Thursday, 2nd Week in Lent, March 9, 2023

Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Thursday, 2nd Week in Lent, March 9, 2023

Luke 16:19-31 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/030923.cfm

One Small Step. One Giant Leap.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first human being to walk on the moon. Stepping on the moon, he said, “One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”

That line came to mind as I read the gospel of Lazarus and the rich man. Lazarus lived outside the gate of the rich man, and every day the rich man would take one small step past him to get on with his business. Lazarus wanted some crumbs from the rich man’s table but never got any.

Little did he know that his heart was getting farther away from Lazarus with each step. When they both died, Lazarus went to the bosom of Abraham (heaven), and Lazarus went where the flames were burning him up. He didn’t understand why he was there, and Lazarus was so far away and content.

Upon inquiring with Fr. Abraham, he discovered that he went the appropriate distance he set between himself and Lazarus during his lifetime. That first step over Lazarus became a leap that he regrets for eternity.

Gospel Challenge:

Sometimes it takes a conscious effort to see who is in front of us and give them some of our time. Taking this first step and seeing people through the lens of compassion can become a giant leap into heaven.

IGNITE THE FIRE

Fr. Rick Pilger, IC

www.bscchurch.com

For your convenience, The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available every evening during Lent, starting on March 22 from 6-7 p.m., Monday through Friday, until Wed., April 5.

Please join us for a Penance Service on Tuesday, March 21, when several priests will hear Confessions.

No confessions will be heard from Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday. Please take advantage of this opportunity. We will continue to have confessions on Saturdays from 3-4 p.m.

IGNITE THE FIRE

Fr. Rick Pilger, IC

www.bscchurch.com

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