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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God provides ‘true bread’ to satisfy our deepest hunger

By: By Sharon Priester Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 2 Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 78:3-4,23-24,25,54; Ephesians 4:17,20-24; John 6:24-35 —– Bread — a staple of life. For centuries, bread has sustained people. When I was growing up, we always had bread at breakfast, lunch and dinner. My dad, who worked in a tannery, took at least […]

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We are ‘sheep without a shepherd’ no more

By: By Shawn Reeves Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 19Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23:1-3,3-4,5,6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 —– Most of us have never encountered an actual shepherd. Short of fairy tales, National Geographic articles, and films about pigs who want to be sheepdogs, we don’t really have contact with the lives of shepherds. Sure, we […]

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Jesus allows us to come to him freely

Shawn Reeves

By: By Shawn Reeves Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 5Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-2,2,3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6 Directing RCIA on a college campus, I meet a lot of converts, many of whom were raised in a Protestant faith. I myself was raised in a Protestant faith, so I understand the difficulty such a choice […]

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