St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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The Bible: Gospel of John 1

The Gospel of John is written differently. It has twenty-one chapters that are steeped in theology. John tells the story, but with a heavy emphasis on Jesus’ Divinity. John seems to go off into another world, and yet gives a lot of detail that the other gospels do not catch. This gospel is very symbolic and raises the soul to great heights without the reader really fully understanding what they read. Continue reading


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Pope’s Morning Homily: On the Mystery of Jesus, ‘Become Sin,’ Lifted Up for Our Healing

Using the day’s readings from the Book of Numbers and the Gospel of St. John, Pope Francis’ homily today at the Casa Santa Marta reflected on the link between Jesus’ suffering on the cross and the serpents sent to the People of God as a punishment. …

Pope’s Morning Homily: On the Mystery of Jesus, ‘Become Sin,’ Lifted Up for Our Healing