Sunday Reflections

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.




Pentecost Sunday

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Father Paul Voisin

May 14, 2015

Jesus is faithful to his promises.  He promised his disciples that he would send the Holy Spirit upon them.  This would be the source of new life for them, giving them courage to share the Good News.  They would no longer meet behind closed doors, with fear of the Jews.  We, too, share in this life of the Spirit.   One of the manifestations of this Spirit was the multiplication of tongues among the disciples.  There was another multiplication of tongues – at the Tower of Babel, Book of Genesis (11:1-9) – but that brought confusion an




Ascension of the Lord

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Father Ernie Varosi

May 14, 2015

Today’s feast celebrates one aspect of the resurrection, namely, Jesus exaltation. Jesus did not wait 40 days to be glorified at God’s right hand. That already happened at his resurrection. Thus, throughout the Easter season we focus our attention first on one aspect of the mystery and then on another. On Easter we concentrate on Jesus’ victory over sin and death; today we contemplate his enthronement. On Pentecost we will reflect on the gift of the Spirit.




Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Father Paul Voisin

May 8, 2015

Everyone ‘loves’ a love story – those movies or television programs that show the beauty of love, and its triumph over all the adversities and problems of life.  This Sunday, the Sixth Sunday of the Easter season, we celebrate the love of God for us.  Our Gospel speaks to us so beautifully about this love of God for us in Jesus.  However, this love also brings with it a mandate to love one another, and to bear the fruits of sincere love.  With four word Jesus had set the bar very high when it comes to how we are to love.  We are to love “as




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