Sunday Reflections

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity - We Are Made in God's Image - Sunday, May 22, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

May 19, 2016

The important 20th century theologian, Karl Rahner, S.J, once wrote that speaking about the Trinity is almost unintelligible to Christians today, and if Christians were to wake up one morning and find that there really is no Trinitarian God, it would hardly matter to most!  Because of this state of affairs, Rahner worked tirelessly in his writings to explain why it does make a difference to believe in a Trinitarian God.




Pentecost Sunday - "Risk for Spirit Sake" - Sunday, May 15, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

May 8, 2016

This weekend we celebrate an important Feast in the liturgical year – Pentecost.  We celebrate that the Holy Spirit, which Jesus had promised, came upon the first disciples, empowering them to go out and preach the Good News, and to BE the Good News.  We have all received the Spirit, in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, however for many this dynamic role of the Holy Spirit remains dormant and the grace of God unused because we have not opened ourselves to the Spirit.  This requires a risk on our part, because the Holy Spirit, active in us, will manifest itsel




5th Sunday of Easter - Sunday, April 24th, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

April 18, 2016

We all seek to be loved.  The definition of ‘true’ love varies from one person to another, from superficiality to deep intimacy.  Jesus Christ, whose resurrection we continue to celebrate, has given us an image of what ‘true’ love looks like with five simple words, to love one another ”as I have loved you”.  With those words Jesus raised the bar for all of us, especially those of us who profess to be his followers.




3rd Sunday of Easter - The Gift of Forgiveness and Love Should Be Given Freely in Return - Sunday, April 10, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

April 5, 2016

While it may seem counter-intuitive, initially the disciples are not happy to see the Risen Lord.  After all, they had, only days earlier, deserted him in his hour of need.  And Peter, who had professed the loudest that he would never leave Jesus, had denied him three times with the words: “I do not know the man.”  Now, the Risen Lord stands before the disciples.  You could imagine how they might feel ashamed because they had run away and denied him.  But, in the midst of this shame and embarrassment, the Risen Lord says, “Peace be with you.&rdquo




2nd Sunday of Easter - Sunday, April 3, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

March 28, 2016

Sometimes, in our human condition, we do not always take people at their word.  Our experience may have taught us that people exaggerate and even outright lie!  In our gospel Thomas, the apostle, did not believe his fellow apostles – men he had known so well for three years.  He would not believe that they had seen the risen Lord.  I don’t know about you, but if I were one of those colleagues, I would be upset with Thomas.  Thomas set down conditions to believe that Jesus had risen – and Jesus  met them!  He now believed!  That same




Easter Sunday - HE IS RISEN-THERE IS HOPE-BE JOYFUL - Sunday, March 27, 2016

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Father Jim Valk

March 22, 2016

EASTER SUNDAY- REJOICE AND BE GLAD

Juanita was a lovely Indian lady suffering from a crippling and painful illness. I would visit her in her little adobe house each morning when I would take her communion. And she would ask the same question each day: “Padre, is there a Resurrection? Tell me the truth”. “Yes Juanita, and he is here with us”. Strange - when I or others left her presence we were the ones who believed even more because of her. She was a visible sign of the Resurrection for us.




Passion (Palm) Sunday - Sunday, March 20, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

March 15, 2016

Our first reading is the third of four passages that are referred to as the “suffering servant songs” in Isaiah.  This reading highlights for Christians that Jesus is like this suffering servant. He has proclaimed God’s Good News in his words and in his deeds—especially in ways that would sustain and heal the weary and downtrodden. Indeed, it is Jesus’ constant attention to the marginalized and sinners that has provoked controversy early in the gospels. “Who but God alone can forgive sins”?




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