Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Thursday, 4th Week in Ordinary Time
February 1, 2024, Mark 6:7-13
Ignite the Fire in Each Other.
As the first number of months of the pandemic were hard to bear, the Lord Jesus poured a tremendous blessing into the hearts of our parish staff. We became a family who loved and cared for each other. This sense of community was born from gathering with Jesus around His altar of sacrifice every morning.
After Mass each morning, we assessed the situation and made the appropriate changes. How can we best serve the people of Blessed Sacrament? It reminds me of the time the apostles spent with Jesus while He made them disciples.
Morning, noon, and night, the disciples became a family, God’s family. The time came for them to reach out to people the Lord wanted to meet and welcome them into His Church family. He gave them authority over all the obstacles, demons, and illnesses that would distract people from meeting Jesus in these men.
Here is the key to evangelization: It’s through people, not programs, walking sticks, food, or an extra tunic, that Jesus works. Those are only aids or tools for the work we do. People are the Presence of Jesus in the world. Jesus sent the disciples out two by two, “Whenever two or more of you gather in My Name, I am with you.”
I invite you to share something you carry in your heart with a trusted friend. Pray with them, sharing your thoughts and feelings with Jesus and your friend. Amazing things happen when we share our lives in a community and welcome Jesus to be with us. Friendship reaches a new peak that is not of this world. It’s a bond that lasts into eternity. Peace be with you.
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.