“Wine” offered now prepares us for eternal banquet

By Father Timothy Hepner Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 17 Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,7-8,9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 The first great work of Jesus’ public ministry was the act of the Jewish bridegroom, whose job it is to provide wine for the wedding as Grant Pitre explains in his book, “Jesus the Bridegroom.” Another […]

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John the Baptist’s call for repentance is still relevant, urgent

By: By Father Tom Kelly Second Sunday of Advent/Dec. 6Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6 All four Gospels start their accounts of the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry by describing John the Baptist preparing the way of the Lord. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Luke begins his story with a wide lens by naming […]

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Jesus reigns as King of the Universe who witnesses to the truth

By: By Tim Irwin Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe/Nov. 22Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93:1,1-2,4; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33b-37 This Sunday marks the end of the church year with readings that proclaim the end of the church’s mission. The climax of the church’s mission can be found in the answer to Pilate’s […]

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Trust in God places us on the ‘road to blessedness’

Photo Caption: Tim Irwin teaches at Peoria Notre Dame High School, where he chairs the Theology Department. He is a member of St. Mark Parish in Peoria. By: By Tim Irwin Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Nov. 81 Kings 17:10-16; Psalm 146:7,8-9,9-10; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 The readings for the Holy Mass this week revolve around […]

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Jesus calls us to something greater — a relationship with him

By: By Tim Irwin Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 25Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 This week the Gospel according to Mark features the curing of a second blind man, Bartimaeus, in just over 100 verses of Scripture. The significance of the affliction of blindness seems more than happenstance. Mark oft suggests that […]

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God makes possible what is beyond our reach

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 11 Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90:12-13,14-15,16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30 Once upon a time, there was a little boy who was very naughty and lazy for learning. His parents were very sad about this. One day, when he was playing along a canal, he saw […]

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All are included, accepted in the unconditional love of God

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 27 Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19:8,10,12-13,14; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 I once heard a Buddhist phrase: “There are only two mistakes on the way to truth; one is not going far enough and the other is not starting.” This week we are all stirred by […]

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Taking up ‘the struggle of a lifetime’ — following Jesus

By: By Tim Irwin Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 13Isaiah 50:5-9a; Psalm 116:1-2,3-4,5-6,8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35 The Gospels offer no greater model of the struggle involved in being a follower of Jesus than the life of Simon Peter, and this week’s reading highlights the strife. Jesus asks the apostles, “Who do they say that […]

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Actions speak louder than our words

By: By Sharon Priester Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 30 Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8; Psalm 15:2-3,3-4,4-5; James 1:17-18,21b-22,27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 —– I am sure we have all heard the phrase, “Actions speak louder than words.” I remember my parents saying those words. It took a while for me to understand what they meant. I know now what […]

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How will you answer invitation to share in the bread of life?

Sharon Priester

By: By Sharon Priester Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 16Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 —– This has been a busy summer for us. We have attended an ordination, a wedding and went on a pilgrimage trip to Italy. We also have visited our children, grandchildren and our siblings. Over meals, we have […]

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