Sunday Reflections

Captivated by His love: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Father Toby Collins

August 28, 2012

The tension between Jesus and the Pharisees in this Sunday's Gospel seems to stem from the Pharisees' inability to worship God from their hearts. With time-honored traditions that have little to do with being compassionate towards one another, it is difficult for them to clean out their "spiritual closets" to make way for a new revelation. Jesus points to the heart as the place we must worship knowing that it is quite difficult to change our focus or actions when our hearts are set on something.




Will you also go away? 21st Sunday.

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Father Ernie Varosi

August 21, 2012

Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’

Our lives, whether we like it or not, are defined by the need to make choices. Many of our options are inconsequential. However, there are choices that carry more weight, such as buying a house, to marry this or that person, to choose a career, to allow an unborn child the freedom to live etc. These latter decisions are more consequential because they have a long-term impact on our life.




The Foolishness of the Gospel: 20th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year B

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Father Jim Donohue

August 13, 2012

Who has not rushed home and eaten something that was not only without taste, but without benefit? We certainly can make foolish choices in our food selection, but we can also make foolish choices in other areas of our lives, selecting what seems to be of short term benefit over something that is more satisfying and enduring.




For What Do I Hunger: 19th Sunday B

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Father Paul Voisin

August 7, 2012

For the third weekend the gospel readings speak to us of food. Jesus tells us that he is “the bread that came down from heaven”. What reassuring news! However, why do so many of us continue hungry and unfulfilled? The dilemma, I believe, is we hunger for the wrong things. In our human condition we hunger for power, pleasure, prestige and possessions. Jesus will not satisfy those appetites!




God Multiplies our Gifts: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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July 23, 2012

Andrew and Philip meet a youngster with a few barley loaves and a couple of fish. Earlier Jesus has asked the two apostles concerning feeding the large crowd that had come to hear Jesus speak. They reply to Jesus that the food that the youngster had would not nearly satisfy the appetites of so large a crowd. But they do pass on to Jesus the meagre supply of food that the young boy had. Jesus blesses the food, and has the apostles distribute it among the crowd.




May these mysteries give us new purpose: 16th Sunday B

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Father Ernie Varosi

July 16, 2012

Images from the world of shepherds characterize today's readings. For example, the Gospel recounts the return of the disciples from their missionary journey and Jesus invites them to come away to a "deserted" place for rest. But, crowds stream out and arrive before them. And Jesus is moved with pity for them for they were "like sheep without a shepherd."




Is There Enough for the Journey?: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Father Jim Donohue

July 11, 2012

It is striking that Jesus tells the disciples that they are to take only a walking stick in their hand and sandals on their feet as they begin their missionary journey. Jesus specifically tells them not to bring food, money, or a second tunic. These details are an allusion to Exodus 12, where the Israelites are bracing for the Passover. Like the disciples, they are to have sandals on their feet and a staff in their hands, but it is because they are preparing, finally, to leave their captivity in Egypt.




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