Wednesday, 2nd Week in Lent, March 7, 2023

Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Wednesday, 2nd Week in Lent, March 7, 2023

Matthew 20:17-28

A Witness: On Memory Lane.

Wednesday, 2nd Week in Lent, March 8, 2023, School Mass

I can’t help but love Jesus. It’s things he does like we heard today in the gospel. He has been with his buddies, the disciples, for three years, and they know each other, spending every day together. He had something He wanted to tell his disciples for a long time.

Have you ever had something you couldn’t wait to tell somebody? It was like burning inside you. That was happening to Jesus. He knew how much He was going to suffer on the Cross, and he knew how much it was going to hurt. So, he needed some support from His friends.

Did they listen? NO. They didn’t. It seemed like they didn’t even hear Jesus. They were only thinking of themselves. Two of them wanted to be His generals, and they had Mom ask for them, and she didn’t hear Jesus either.

People in our Lord’s times didn’t have cell phones, but I bet they would be much like us if they did. Have you ever been trying to talk to a friend who was right in front of you, but that friend was too busy looking at their phone or something else to pay attention to you? How did you feel when someone was too distracted to listen to you?

It can be disappointing and frustrating when that happens. Have you been so distracted that you forgot to pay attention to a friend? I know I have at times. The phone can be so distracting.

Jesus needed time with his disciples for them to understand him and help Him carry His Cross, but they were too busy. Our family and friends need us to listen to and understand them. When we do, we grow in love with them, and all our distractions seem like a waste of time.

Gospel Challenge:
Let’s decide whether we will pay attention to people more than our phones or other distractions. Let’s ask Jesus for that grace.


Fr. Rick Pilger, IC

For your convenience, The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available every evening during Lent, starting on March 22 from 6-7 p.m., Monday through Friday, until Wed., April 5.

Please join us for a Penance Service on Tuesday, March 21, when several priests will hear Confessions.

No confessions will be heard from Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday. Please take advantage of this opportunity. We will continue to have confessions on Saturdays from 3-4 p.m.


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