Saturday, 3rd Week in Lent March 18, 2023

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

March 18, 2023

Seal the Deal?

Back in 1981, I visited Father Gordon in Blessed Sacrament Church in Seminole. It was my first visit to Florida. I vividly remember walking into the church and standing in awe for five or 10 minutes. It was like I couldn’t move.

I was overwhelmed by the Presence of the Lord coming from the tabernacle. I pause every time I walk into our church, overcome by our Lord’s Presence. It is warm and welcoming, and I pray my heart is the same for Jesus.

The tax collector in today’s gospel was overcome with the presence of the Lord when he prayed in the temple. Jesus said he could not “even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ “

We don’t have to be perfect to be with Jesus. It’s so free to be who we are with Him now.


If you are overwhelmed by your sinfulness, rejoice! He’s embracing you in His merciful love for you. You do not deserve his love, but you get it anyway. Go to Jesus in confession and let Him seal the deal, so to speak, as He gives you absolution. Like the tax collector, you will walk away justified.


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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