This weekend we read one of those Gospel passages that has significance to every day and age. The first sin, the sin of Adam and Eve, was one of pride. Adam and Eve were tempted to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. By eating of that tree, Satan tempted Adam and Eve to think they would know what God knows. The temptation was to grasp after something they didn’t already possess. The temptation was to see themselves as incomplete in the way God made them. The temptation was to want more than they were naturally given. The apostles receive the same type of temptation in the Gospel passage this weekend. The Apostles argued about who was the greatest. Of course, by “greatest” they meant abilities, talents, and God-given natural gifts. Jesus immediately challenges them on this false thinking. A successful life is not one of doing or being what the world defines as the best, it is in doing the best one can with one’s own gifts and talents. Sometimes our best might attract attention or lead to worldly recognition, but if one seeks that as an end in itself, it loses all beauty and eternal significance. And so Jesus says, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Use your gifts and talents at the service of one another, and not to be recognized or appreciated by one another. This is a hard life lesson but one that everyone should pray with. If we seek recognition for anything, it is the wrong type of recognition. One is always called to do the good because it is the good thing to do and not because of any personal honor.
The Diocese of Peoria has launched the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Our Bishop’s have released a video that can..
St. Philomena Parish is a Catholic Church with a parochial elementary grade school in an established family neighborhood in the heart of Peoria, IL.
Our mission is to proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ through worship, sacraments, education and community life. Each parishioner is invited to understand, embrace, and communicate the truth of Catholic Christianity to our culture.
Monday-Saturday: 8:00 a.m.
Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m.
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 5pm; Thursday: 8:30am; Saturday: 8:30am and 3pm