Sunday Reflections

2nd Sunday In Advent - Do You Hear What I Hear? - Sunday, December 4, 2016

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Father Jim Valk

December 4, 2016

It was at a Garden Party. The three widows were sitting at a table, gabbing away.  An older man came near and asked if he could join them.  Yes, they all said yes at once.  The ladies hadn’t seen this man before and the questions flew, fast and thick.  Finally, one lady asked him where he had been.  He had just come from prison, after 15 years.  This was exciting!  Where was he coming from?  He had been in prison all that time.  What had he done? He had killed his wife.  Two of the ladies gasped. What to do?




Feast of Christ the King - Sunday, November 20, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

November 14, 2016

We all have certain images and expectations about royalty, created by our own exposure to them through the media.  The gospel of today, this Feast of Christ the King, does not present us with an image of what we expect associated with royalty.  Jesus is suffering on the cross.  Through his death and resurrection this cross has become his throne.  For this cross he rules and leads us.  First of all, as we come to an end of the 'Year of Mercy', he shows us the power of forgiveness as a sign of his divine and royal nature.  Let us imitate him in our mercy




33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Faith in the Ruins - Hope, Sunday, November 13, 2016

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Father Jim Valk

November 11, 2016

A man had a nightmare! Ruins of his life were all over! What do to?  The man dreamt that he was to go to a certain bridge and there to dig into the earth. And there he would find a solution to his problems.  All was not in ruins! All was not lost!  His wife said “GO.” She had a vision of what he would find.  All the digging resulted in nothing.  At the same time his wife called him – “Come home.  The treasure is here, under the fireplace”.  His answer was to go home, not away.  And so it was!




31st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 30th, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

October 24, 2016

This gospel is familiar to us.  The person of Zacchaeus was the most unlikely host for supper for Jesus and his disciples as they passed through Jericho.  Yet Jesus chose this public sinner, a tax collector, to be his host, much to the surprise of Zacchaeus.  That dinner invitation changed his life, and Zacchaeus, moved by the person and preaching of Jesus repented of his sin and promised to make amends  That same Jesus comes to us and 'dines' with us (in the Eucharist), so that we too might have new life and turn from our sinful ways.  Let us not delay, bu




30th Sunday In Ordinary Time - "O Lord it is Hard to Be Humble" - Sunday, October 23, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

October 19, 2016

Reading Jesus’s parable about the Pharisee and the tax collector reminded me of an old signature song of Tom Jones that includes the words, “O Lord, it is hard to be humble when you are perfect in every way.”  The Pharisee, although he probably would not admit this, seems to be laying out all his goodness before God.  In the face of this, what can God do but love him….after all he has “earned” or “deserved” or “merited” this love based upon all his good works! 




29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Our Part in Persistence, Sunday, October 16, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

October 12, 2016

                The Constitutions of the Congregation of the Resurrection begin with the acknowledgment that “God loves each of us with a personal, unconditional love.”  A few sentences later, the Constitutions insist that a “life-long process is involved in our coming to know God’s unconditional love for each of us as the most fundamental fact of our lives.”  The gospel this Sunday might suggest that this life-long process will take much persistence on our p




28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Faith in Action - Sunday, October 9, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

October 3, 2016

The images of Jesus in his parables are universal and eternal, speaking to us in every time and place.  Indeed, the mustard seed is so small, yet Jesus tells us that if we have faith it will grow and develop as large as the mulberry tree.  True faith is not only an intellectual exercise, but bears fruit in action.  Our life with God should lead us to responsible use and sharing of our gifts and talents.  Let us work on that balance of faith and action, to fulfill the will of God and to bear witness to Jesus.   




27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - FAITH OR HOPE - WHICH FORK IN THE ROAD? - Sunday, October 2, 2016

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Father Jim Valk

September 30, 2016

A number of years ago when I was in Peru I was part of an earthquake.  Everything shook, nothing was stable, walls came down.  Worse - there was nothing to hang onto.  There was nothing that would give hope, except we could support one another.  Lord, help my unbelief.  Have you experienced something like this in your life?  When everything is falling apart – nothing is stable, all is collapsing – what do we do?  Where does our strength and hope come from?  Health, relationships, failures – how do we cope?




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