Sunday Reflections

The 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - I Get (Got) to Love the Hearts' Motives Sunday August 30, 2015

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Father Jim Valk

August 28, 2015

It was a Sunday afternoon! Only one parking spot was available on a one way street. My friend Fr. Nino was driving (Mario Andretti style) and he was confident he could get into the spot. So, he backed up perfectly, got into the space - and a whistle blew. A cop (in Bolivia) cited Fr. Nino for going in the wrong direction. Fr. Nino explained that the only way to park was to first back up (remembering it was a one way street) and then pull ahead. Right? “Wrong,” said the man, “You are going in the wrong direction, even though that was the only way to do it”.




The 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Being Taken Aside - Sunday September 6, 2015

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Father Paul Voisin

August 28, 2015

Jesus reveals his power as God-made-man in giving the deaf man the ability to hear.  For each of us, we can only imagine what the life of that man was before his encounter with Jesus.  (Some of us are in the position of our hearing failing us, and we know how frustrating and difficult that can be.)   Jesus’ words “Ephphatha!  Be opened!” were not only directed to that man on that day in the Decapolis.  He wants to take us aside and put his finger into our ears and touch our tongue and say the same words, so that we might be open and hear.&nbs




Discipleship & Commitment - the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Father Ernie Varosi

August 23, 2015

This Sunday’s gospel is the concluding section of Jesus’ discourse as the bread of life.  Jesus reveals himself as the bread from heaven and many of the disciples caught on quite clearly. They understood that Jesus had handed them an all-or-nothing proposition. Peter gives us a hint of the discernment the community of disciples has been doing. He says, “We have come to believe.” They have talked among themselves and confirmed the interior experience each has had. Somehow, they know that Jesus’ words give them life.




20th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Wisdom’s Banquet Feeds Us - August 16, 2015

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Father Jim Donohue

August 12, 2015

My mother used an expression: “The proof is in the pudding.”  While I am not exactly sure what that means—other than it conveyed a deep truth when my MOTHER said it—the saying suggests that the final result will show what we have put into something.  Who has not rushed home and eaten something that was not only without taste, but without benefit?  We know that these bad choices have a direct effect on how we look and feel.




Looking for Food? Looking for God? 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 2, 2015

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Father Jim Valk

July 31, 2015

Three men were working on a building. Each was asked what he was doing. The first said, “I’m putting up a wall”. The second said, “I’m just making a living”. Neither had any enthusiasm or direction for what they were doing. The third man, with a smile on his face, said, “I’m building a Cathedral for God”. His priority was right on target. He was satisfied with his “vocation”. Are we satisfied with our vocation - the good use of our talents, our work, with our lives?




17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, July 26

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Father Ernie Varosi

July 24, 2015

One commentator has characterized today’s gathering of 5,000 plus people around Jesus as the most famous picnic in religious history. And at least one child — girl or boy, nobody knows for sure — who was vital to the story.  John presents Jesus as so popular that a huge crowd was following him — somehow, 5,000 people crossed the lake to be with him. John is setting a symbol-laden scene.




16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, July 19

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Father Jim Donohue

July 8, 2015

                As a young man, I was always inspired by the generous care that I saw embodied in the priests and brothers whom I had met.  Our family attended a parish that was ministered by Franciscan priests and brothers, my high school was staffed with many diocesan priests, and my college had Resurrectionists who served as administrators, teachers, and campus ministers.  At each stage of my life, I found that their generous service and care of others stirred something within me to want to do the same.




15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, July 12

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Father Paul Voisin

July 8, 2015

The vocation of disciple of Jesus, ours from our Baptism, is not an easy one.  Just as Jesus met opposition, as did the prophets (like Amos in the First Reading), we too can expect that the truth of God’s message will not be welcomed warmly by all those who hear it.  Just as following Jesus calls us to a conversion and a new way of being, so too, the message we share (Scripture, Church teaching our experience, etc.) will come under scrutiny and judgment.  Just as the hearts of many were turned to God as they absorbed his life-giving message, so too others found their h




14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - The Call of the Prophet

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Father Jim Valk

July 3, 2015

John was a young man who graduated as a psychologist. He was well known, well thought of by his peers. But there was a problem- he came from a small town where no one had ever gone to university. What was for the townspeople was written in stone- no change, no acceptance. The John everyone knew, was “just John” – he would always be John. When someone fell ill in the town someone suggested getting John. Oh no - we know John. He has nothing to offer.




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