Tuesday, 1st Week in Ordinary Time, January 10, 2023

Fr. Rick’s One Minute Homily for Tuesday, 1st Week in Ordinary Time, January 10, 2023
Mark 1:21-28 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/011023.cfm


By the time our junior and senior years rolled around in high school, hopefully, we had/have a good idea about our future. Whether in high school or college, we must take courses to graduate. We may have had no interest in the subject, but we work through it. We forget these courses soon after we finish them, and they have no impact on our lives and choices. For me, math and I never mixed well.

Sometimes our faith can be my math course. There are periods when other interests take our time out of necessity or just because we enjoy them. We may find ourselves on the internet with others who share this interest. Time flies. Or we may be caught up in an ongoing news story and can’t get enough of it. What is the latest, we wonder?

There is nothing wrong with any of these activities. However, I must ask myself where this activity is getting me. Am I a better person because of the time and energy it takes? Are my relationships healthier because of them? Without realizing it, these human interests become my teacher in life.

Notice in the gospel today that Jesus taught the people unlike any other teacher. He taught with authority, even driving out unclean spirits, and that’s the absolute authority. No human being or philosophical system can heal bodies, minds, and social evils, forgive, reconcile, liberate, or give new life like the Lord Jesus.

Gospel Challenge:
Would it be worth my while to listen to Jesus in the Scriptures and His People and discover why He and the Catholic Church are still around after 2000-plus years? Go to our parish website, www.bscchurch.com, and scroll down to FORMED. Sign up and see what interests you. Jesus wants to teach you too.


Fr. Rick Pilger, IC

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