Fr. Rick’s Gospel Reflection for Tuesday, 30th Week in Ordinary Time, October 25, 2022
Luke 13:18-21 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/102522.cfm
Please open your Scriptures and read these verses prayerfully.
Something small but beautiful for God.
Jesus always starts in small ways to not overwhelm us. Many have grown to love the little flower, St. Therese of Lisieux. She is famous for her "Little Way." She so much wanted to go on the missions to spread the love of Jesus.
But her poor health due to tuberculosis kept her from traveling beyond the convent. Her love for Jesus was so strong that she offered every penance that came her way, including her sufferings, for the conversion of mission lands. She became the patron saint of missions and a Doctor of the Church.
I first read her autobiography in my novitiate, and I must say her “Little Way” has been an inspiration to me ever since.
She is the mustard seed planted in the ground; she is the little yeast mixed in the dough of the Church that has brought thousands and millions of people closer to Jesus.
There are so many mustard seeds that we can plant in the heart of others through a kind act, a smile, or prayer every day. May the good love that Jesus has for each of us be the yeast that will mix into the lives and dealings of others to become something great for God.
Jesus always starts in small ways to not overwhelm us. Imagine the twelve disciples who first followed Jesus becoming 1.2 billion Catholics in the world today.
The Gospel Challenge:
Ask the Lord who will benefit from your yeast He spreads in the hearts of others today. Ask Him to help you bring out the best in them. Start as small as you wish but do it with love.
IGNITE THE FIRE.
God bless you, my friends.
Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.