Sunday Reflections

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.




13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - June 28, 2015

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Father Ernie Varosi

June 24, 2015

The readings for this Sunday stress that faith involves risk taking. On the one hand, we can read both incidents as reflections on how to pray with faith. The woman gives witness to audacious prayer, and Jairus to the value and necessity of prayer for others. In combination with the first reading, the Gospel leads us to reflect on how much our faith leads us beyond our fears.




11th Sunday in Ordinary Time - June 14, 2015

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Father Paul Voisin

June 11, 2015

The parables of Jesus are universal and eternal.  They speak to people everywhere, and at all times.  The parable of the mustard seed is no exception.  Something, seemingly insignificant, grows to be something of great stature and value.  So, too, in our life of faith, the ‘smallest’ faith, with the right nourishing, can become something of great stature and value.  Each one of us grows in our life of faith according to the circumstances of our life, as well as with the grace of God.  Just as a plant receives air, sunshine, water, nutrients, and fe




12th Sunday in Ordinary Time - June 21, 2015

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Father Jim Donohue

June 11, 2015

The Constitutions of the Congregation of the Resurrection demand faith from its members, when it states, “By our vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, we dedicate and consecrate ourselves totally to the Risen Christ in the religious life.  This dedication entails an act of faith whereby we respond to God’s call to give ourselves completely with all our talents, abilities, and powers to him, to the church, and to the Congregation” (article #13). 




The Gift of Love That Gives Life

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Father Jim Valk

June 5, 2015

 

A pastor was invited to lunch at the home of a parishioner and the family. The wife worked very hard to put on a good meal for him and the family. As the meal was ending the pastor remarked that he had never had a meal like that in his life. The youngest child responded, “It’s okay Father, neither have we!”

 




Trinity Sunday

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Father Ernie Varosi

May 29, 2015

This feast of the Trinity underscores the fundamental truth that our life as Christians is Trinitarian. That is to say that every action invokes the threefold mystery of God. We pray to the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit. We begin every sacred action by invoking the Father, Son, and Spirit. We are baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Where the Father is the Son and Spirit is present.




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