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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Through storms of life, we have opportunities for change, understanding

By: By Shawn Reeves Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time/June 21 Job 38:1,8-11; Psalm 107:23-24,25-26,28-29,30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41 My middle son had always loved thunderstorms. Even within that year in which one transitions from “infant” to “toddler,” he would climb upon the couch, eyes poised to see lightning, and gleefully whisper to me, “Thunder!” […]

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We celebrate Corpus Christi because the Eucharist defines us

By: By Msgr. Albert H. Hallin Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)/June 7Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 116:12-13,15-16,17-18; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16,22-26 The reason that the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is celebrated with appropriate solemnity is to make us “Catholics” remember and reflect on the […]

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Remembering the reason for our hope

By: By Msgr. Stuart Swetland Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 25 Acts 8:5-8,14-17; Psalm 66:1-3,4-5,6-7,20; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21 (In the Diocese of Peoria, due to the transfer of the celebration of Ascension to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, the epistle and Gospel readings may be taken from the Seventh Sunday of Easter. These […]

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Nothing Catholic happens in the absence of the Holy Spirit

By: By Tim Irwin Solemnity of Pentecost/May 24 Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,34; Galatians 5:16-25 or 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13/Sequence: Veni, Sancte, Spiritus; John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 or John 20:19-23 The church offers a rich selection of readings for the celebration of Pentecost Sunday. Rightly so, as Pentecost celebrates both the beginning of the Catholic […]

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How do we lay down our lives?

By: By Father Tom Kelly Sixth Sunday of Easter/May 10Acts of the Apostles 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 —– In today’s Gospel passage, John puts these words of Jesus to the disciples at the Last Supper: “Love one another as I have loved you.” The “as” carries the message that we must […]

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We are called to extend mercy, not just receive it

By: By Father Tom Kelly Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy)/April 12 Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1 John 5:1-6; Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes; John 20:19-31 The words from the Gospel passage that jump off the page in my view are, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are […]

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