Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily Wednesday 265th Week in Ordinary Time 09-26-2022
Wednesday 26th Week in Ordinary Time 2022
Luke 9:57-62 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/092822.cfm
Jesus asks for “more” because he wants to give us “more” of himself.
A teacher will ask much from that student to help them reach their greatest potential, and a coach does the same with an athlete. It’s the ‘more,’ the ‘much’ that challenges us and makes us put aside other interests to reach our one goal.
Is this not what Jesus asks of us when He says, “Follow Me?” Of ourselves, we can do things for God: We can say prayers; we can do works of charity and give Him our time and talents, and resources. But is that enough? No, He is asking much more of us than anything we can do for Him or give up for Him.
As we say in the Miracle Prayer, “Lord Jesus, I give you my entire self.” All my thoughts, desires, and love is yours to do with whatever you wish. All I want is to follow you, follow your direction, your will. Jesus asks for “more” because he wants to give us “more” of himself.
We know then that nothing is impossible for us. Jesus is the beginning and end of all we do. The Lord will often ask something of us, especially when we see a need of our neighbor. Let us be grateful that what we do for them doesn’t begin or end with us but with Jesus.
When such moments occur, think of yourself as a glove and Jesus as the hand in the glove. The glove does nothing on its own. Each finger and the glove as a whole follow the hand’s every impulse with no resistance.
In short, Jesus says “Follow Me.”
IGNITE THE FIRE IN YOUR HEART!
Father Rick Pilger, I.C.