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St. Peter’s Resurrection proclamation should inspire hope and joy, not hatred

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Third Sunday of Easter/April 26 Acts 2:14,22-33; Psalm 16:1-2,4,7-8,9-10,11; 1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35 There is a pandemic that the world currently struggles against, and I’m not referring to COVID-19. It is a pandemic of rising discrimination and bigotry against Jews. Its name is “antisemitism.” The first reading today is […]

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From darkness to light, sorrow to glory

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Easter Sunday/April 12 Acts 10:34a,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes; John 20:1-9 or Matthew 28:1-10 We all know what Easter is all about, so we look to the readings for today and ask, “What themes of this great feast are they stressing?” But first, it’s important […]

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Jesus continually comes into the world

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Fifth Sunday of Lent/March 29 Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130:1-2,3-4,5-6,7-8; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45 The apostolic age refers to the formative years of the Catholic faith when the Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, settled the contents of Scripture and tradition. The delay of the second coming of Christ greatly influenced this […]

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Learn from the ‘scandals’ Jesus caused

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Third Sunday of Lent/March 15 Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 95:1-2,6-7,8-9; Romans 5:1-2,5-8; John 4:5-42 I’m old enough to remember what it means to be scandalized. Something happens causing moral outrage in a large cross section of people leading to shock, surprise and disbelief. It’s difficult to imagine what it would take these days to […]

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Lent: Our chance to fall in love with God

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin First Sunday of Lent/March 1 Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7; Psalm 51:3-4,5-6,12-13,17; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 Lent invites us to seek a deeper understanding about our lives. This brings us to a brief discussion of context frames. When someone shares information with us, we understand it by putting it into context. If you said to […]

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Jesus calls us beyond being ‘morally good people’ into the inner life of the Trinity

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Feb. 16 Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119:1-2,4-5,17-18,33-34; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37 The summer after my sophomore year of college seminary I went to Mexico for an intensive language program. One weekend all of the students in my cohort went to Acapulco, while I visited an orphanage. I learned […]

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Where would we be without the witness of our consecrated women and men?

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Presentation of the Lord / Feb. 2 Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 24:7,8,9,10; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40 “What would become of the world if there were no religious?” asked St. Teresa of Avila. To which I add, “What would become of the Diocese of Peoria if there were no religious?” We would not have […]

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John the Baptist’s mysterious declaration

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 19 Isaiah 49:3,5-6; Psalm 40:2,4,7-8,8-9,10; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34 Do you know what an earworm is? It’s a catchy song that “worms” its way into your ear and seems to lodge itself in your brain, playing over and over again. “Don’t Stop Believing.” “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “Call […]

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Our true ‘star’ leads us not simply to worship but also to sacrificial love

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord/Jan. 5 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 What were the magi following? What shiny things do you and I follow out of the comfort of our own familiar surroundings? It is very important to ask what attracts and distracts us because that will […]

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God’s light shines, the darkness retreats

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Nativity of the Lord/Dec. 25 At the Vigil Mass: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 89:4-5,16-17,27,29; Acts 13:16-17,22-25; Matthew 1:1-25 Mass During the Night: Isaiah 9:1-6; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,11-12,13; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 Mass at Dawn: Isaiah 62:11-12; Psalm 97:1,6,11-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20 Mass During the Day: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4,5-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18 Darkness spills over the world as autumn comes to a close and winter looms, crowding […]

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