Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Tuesday, 4th Week in Ordinary Time January 30, 2024, Mark 5:21-43
Never Give UP.
The more challenging life gets, the better we get, or do we? I had two operations in my second and fourth years of the seminary. Both occurred in January, and each left me with a three-month recovery. I attended no classes, read no books, wrote no essays, and took no notes. Pain and study don’t mix too well. It left me six weeks to prepare for exams. I thought, “I’ll never make it.”
However, that wasn’t God’s plan. He put in my fellow students the desire to work with me. They were awesome. I couldn’t believe I could do it, but they inspired me and motivated me to overcome every obstacle and doubt I faced. I passed all the exams in both years, except Church History, and I missed it by two points. When I passed it with flying colors, the second go around.
Maybe you have something that seems impossible, like Jairus faced with his daughter and the woman with the hemorrhage who got no relief for 12 years. Faith takes the difficulty out of my hands and frees me up to let God do whatever He wishes, no strings attached.
Our Fr. Founder, Blessed Antonio Rosmini, calls that virtue of trust “indifference.” This virtue leaves us open for God to have His way with us. Trust is unconditional faith in action. Where do you need to be indifferent to God so He can work His miracles?
Here I am, Lord. I abandon my life in Your hands.
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.