Sunday Reflections

Second Sunday of Lent

Written by Ernie Varosi On the

On this second Sunday of Lent we are invited to do two things: Pray and Listen. In the first reading Abraham is invited by God to sacrifice his only son. In the Gospel narrative Jesus takes three of his closest disciples up a high mountain and, "he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them."




A Joyful Season! The 1st Sunday of Lent

Written by Jim Donohue On the

                 The Preface I for Lent might take us by surprise.  It begins by thanking God for giving us “this gracious gift each year” so that we can prepare for the paschal feasts “with the joy of minds made pure.”  This phrase stands in sharp contrast to the images that we tend to associate with Lent: penance, fasting, abstinence, not singing “Al----ia,” and austere looking churches with no flowers.  For some, the Lenten season is a bit o




Healing Touch and Health Presence

Written by Paul Voisin On the

This Sunday, the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we see the healing power of Jesus revealed.  After preaching, healing of the sick and the possessed was the most important ministry of Jesus.  Jesus healed by touching others, by being touched, and even from a distance he brought healing and relief.  In our time he continues to see us whole (and holy), and experiencing the fullness of life and faith.  The people approached Jesus in their need.  Most of them were not ashamed to come forward and declare their need for healing – and Jesus responded.  Today man




Touch the Face of God

Written by Jim Valk On the

TOMMY was a young, bright university student. He had to take a class on religious studies, even though he wasn’t interested all that much. On the last day of exams he quipped to the priest professor - Father, do you think I will ever find God? Said the priest - be careful, God will find you. Sometime later Tommy was diagnosed with leukemia. He did find God. Let go, let be and let God find us. The answer was not as important as the question. In the midst of our pains and difficulties, do we let God find us?




4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Written by Ernie Varosi On the

Mark 1:21-28

One of the themes running through the readings for this 4th Sunday of the year is: When one genuinely encounters Jesus ones’ life changes. In other words, communicating with God in prayer and embracing the call of Jesus to follow him leads to full commitment to live the gospel.




Who are We?

Written by Paul Voisin On the

Psychologists tell us that if a child grows up hearing “You are stupid!”  “You are good for nothing!” the child will believe that, especially when it comes from an adult of confidence.  Today God the Father tells us who Jesus is, and who we are by our Baptism – “You are my son/daughter, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”  God’s love is a free gift to us, something that many struggle with, complicated by feelings (rightfully or wrongly so) of unworthiness.  Our Baptism is more than just a moment in time – captu




Baptism of the Lord

Written by Jim Valk On the

In the comic strip PEANUTS Lucy and Charlie are wondering what is wrong with Linus- at his age he should be walking, not creeping along. “Why is that?” wonders Charlie. Lucy’s answer is - let him be, once he walks he is committed for life. Once we are baptized we are committed to walk in the footsteps of the Lord. Commitment is not always a “comfortable” word, not a popular nor convenient posture to live our life. And yet, without a commitment for life, love cannot grow in our lives, in our relationships, in our daily life.

 




Epiphany of the Lord

Written by Ernie Varosi On the

The readings for the feast of the Epiphany underline one important religious truth: an authentic encounter with Jesus invites me to a change of heart and to travel a new road... "They left for their own country by another road." Matthew is saying that an authentic encounter with Jesus leads to a new way of being. To travel by another road means to become a new person in Christ. By contrast, Herod the Judean King, had no desire to change his life and so remained in darkness. Authentic search for truth is a transforming experience.




Feast of the Holy Family

Written by Jim Donohue On the

All Resurrectionists have a special interest in the Feast of the Holy Family because our mission, as Resurrectionists, is to “call others, especially youth and families, to communities of the Risen Lord in which faith, hope, and love radiate as a sign of union with Christ and his mother, Mary, in the Church” (Resurrectionist Mission Statement).   Contemplating and praying over the story of the birth of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel provides a particular way to think about how a virtue cultivated within the Holy Family might assist us in our own families. 




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