Friday, 3rd Week in Lent March 17, 2023

Father Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Friday, 3rd Week in Lent

March 17, 2023

Don’t ask any more questions?

Have you ever been challenged to the point that you heard enough? You couldn’t take anymore. That can be a good thing you may experience on a retreat or a tender moment with someone you love, like a child. Your heart is so full that you are crying out, “Stop! Enough! I get this often when I visit the children in our school.

There is, however, another challenge that makes you not want to go any further. It happened in the gospel we just heard/read. A scribe asked Jesus the greatest commandment and got two, love of God with everything you have and love your neighbor as yourself.

A neighbor could be anyone, including opponents and enemies. It could include the poor we pass by. It could be someone telling us the truth about ourselves, and we don’t want to hear it. Anything that ruffles our feathers can be a challenge from Jesus to let go of something we treasure for what He wants us to grow into.

Gospel Challenge:

Think of time. Could Jesus be challenging me to love God and my neighbor by sacrificing time I give myself and my “projects” for more time with Him and my family/friends. Maybe I need to assess the amount of time I could volunteer in a parish ministry or worthy cause.

If I am at the point I don’t want to hear anymore, listen carefully. Jesus is speaking. Don’t be like the crowd, “No one dared to ask Him any more questions.


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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