This Sunday we celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We regret that due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to film Mass for this weekend. To view a list of parishes in the diocese offering live-streamed Masses click here: http://www.dioceseofjoliet.org/content1.php?id=15

For a list of Masses in our diocese that are pre-taped and posted online, please click on the following link and scroll to the bottom of the page where it reads “Posted Masses, but not live stream”: http://www.dioceseofjoliet.org/bishop/content1.php?secid=75

In addition, the Archdiocese of Chicago broadcasts Sunday Mass from Holy Name Cathedral on ABC7 at 9:30 A.M.

Finally, please be advised in the interest of the safety of our volunteers and parishioners, the Mass on Sunday at 9 A.M. has been canceled due to the impending winter storm. We did contact all those signed up to attend earlier today. Be safe and stay warm!

Sunday’s Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/013121.cfm

Reflections for this Sunday’s Readings:

In Deuteronomy today we hear that God’s very words will fill the mouth of a true prophet, but a false prophet will, in a manner of speaking, put mere mortal words into God’s mouth. In Mark’s Gospel, we see Jesus teaching and healing as a true prophet, one filled with the authority of God’s own voice, the Holy One of God.

The whole history of our church is filled with both true and false prophets. But in today’s Gospel we learn that Jesus’ fame spread because he taught with authority; he wasn’t an authority because he was popular or famous. We also learn from him, in his desert temptation confrontations with Satan, that anyone can quote scripture, even against God’s purposes. And today we hear that his authority was not like that of the scribes, who held the official positions of religious authority in his day. Our work is to do our best to discern the true prophets in our midst, and to be true prophets as well. The psalmist tells us how to do this: by not hardening our hearts when God speaks. If we truly listen to God, it will be God’s very words filling our mouths.

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