Sunday Reflections

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Humility for Today - Sunday, August 28, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

August 22, 2016

This weekend our gospel speaks to us of the virtue of humility.  This is a significant virtue in the kingdom of God - at the top of our list - but in our society it is seen as a weakness, and is at the bottom of people's list.  Pope Francis has shown us what humility looks like in our time.  Whereas in the world people are told to 'look after number one', and that to be proud is essential, the life and teachings of Jesus show us that humility is the way to holiness in our relation with God, and  solidarity in relation to others.  Whereas pride creates o




21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Surprise, Surprise - Sunday, August 21, 2016

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Father Jim Valk

August 19, 2016

A man had a nightmare.  He awoke to find himself at the “pearly gates”. St. Peter asked him if he would like to look around first.  He said, “Yes.”  But as he looked around he saw some people in heaven who he thought should not be there – what a surprise!  And then he looked for some people he knew.  They were not there. What a surprise!  And then, to his surprise, HE WAS THERE!




21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - A Gospel That Challenges - Sunday, August 14, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

August 10, 2016

                 The readings this Sunday remind us of how difficult it can be to follow God’s ways, especially when God’s ways do not seem to conform to our way of seeing and doing things.  Like the princes who complained to King Zedekiah about Jeremiah, we may even want to—as we say today—shoot the messenger.  At times it is easier to criticize or sabotage the one who is making God’s ways more apparent to us than it is to listen intently and to discern how we are called




19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - The Call to Stewardship - Sunday, August 6th, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

August 3, 2016

A popular developing theology in the Church today is that of Stewardship.  In the gospel today Jesus speaks to us about being responsible stewards.   His examples call to our attention the need to be vigilant and responsible.  We are entrusted with gifts, talents and treasure to be used not only for our good, but for the good of others.  Sometimes we may think that we do not have much to share, however the Lord tells us that "Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more." &




17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - "God Never Stops Knocking" - Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

July 19, 2016

The parable about the friend going to his neighbor late at night to ask for bread provides an interesting image of God if we think that we are the “friend” and God is the “neighbor.”  If this is the case, then it seems that we need to “bother” and “bug” God for what we need.  While this schema seems to fit with the first reading where Abraham “bothers” and “bargains” with God to save the town, it does not fit with the rest of the gospel passage.  Here, Jesus asks: “What father among you would hand




16th Sunday in Ordinary Time -To Be or Not To Be - Sunday, July 17, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

July 12, 2016

The persons of Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus, make me think of these famous lines of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – “To be or not to be”.  Martha is hoping Jesus will support her in telling her sister Mary to help her with the hospitality towards the many guests in their home.  Instead (much to her disappointment, I can imagine) Jesus tells Martha that Mary “has chosen the better part”.  Mary is all about ‘being’, and Martha is all about ‘doing’.  Mary is the image of the classical disciple, seated at the fee




14th Sunday In Ordinary Time - We are Sent out to Overcome Fear and Heal Wounds - Sunday, July 3, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

June 27, 2016

Jesus sends the disciples out in pairs to proclaim that the Kingdom of God is at hand.  The disciples are preparing places for Jesus, who is, indeed, the presence of God.  So, God’s reign or God’s presence is near at hand for all these people, as it has been for every person that Jesus has healed of sickness, freed from a demon, or welcomed back into God’s people from the margins of society.  Interestingly, the disciples experience much joy in this proclamation.  Like the disciples, the earth itself is rejoicing, something which is reflected in the res




13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Follow Me - Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

June 21, 2016

  The call of Jesus is powerful and direct.  However, in our human condition, our response can be weak and confused.  Fortunately, Jesus continues to call, continues to try ‘to get through’ to us.  He is calling us to a deeper life with him, and to go beyond that, to share his life with others.  After we push aside all the excuses (like those in the gospel) we are left with the question, “Will I follow him?”  God would not ask us to do something  if he did not give us the graces to carry out what he asks.  So, … what ar




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