Sunday Reflections

3rd Sunday of Lent - “Being Set Free from the Captivity of Sin” - Sunday, February 28, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

February 23, 2016

Usually the link between the first reading and the gospel reading is apparent.   However, this Sunday we may have to look more closely; but once we see the link, we will hear news of great joy!  The first reading from the Book of Exodus contains the well-known story of God speaking to Moses in the burning bush, giving him instructions to go to Egypt and to tell Pharaoh to set the Israelites free.  The Gospel from Luke is a call by Jesus to the repentance of sins. 




2nd Sunday of Lent, Lights, Camera, Action! - Sunday, February 21,2016

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Father Paul Voisin

February 16, 2016

When I hear this Gospel of the Transfiguration of Jesus, I cannot help but think that the famous director Cecil B. DeMille would have written it very differently.   Such a sensational vision for Peter, John and James on the mountain - the blazing light, and the presence of Moses and Elijah with Jesus - and the only words that the Father can give are "This is my chosen Son; listen to him"?  They are almost the same as those at the Baptism of the Lord, with only the "listen to him" added.  Although Cecil B.




1st Sunday of Lent - Begone Satan Wiles - Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Father Jim Valk

February 9, 2016

Some time ago, I was listening quietly at the back of a Grade Two art and religion class. There was a little fellow in front of me, holding a small jar of ink. As he looked around he saw a little blond-haired girl with pig-tails in front of him. The little guy held the ink up to the girl’s hair. I coughed quietly and he turned around to see me watching him. His response to the “crime” was to say, “I’m sorry Father, it was the devil who made me do it”. Right!




5th Sunday in Ordinary Time - “We Are Sinners. Yet, God Continues to Call Us.” - February 7, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

February 3, 2016

The Charism Statement of the Congregation of the Resurrection attests to our belief that God’s love for us is merciful and unfailing.  Further, the Charism Statement reminds us that we have not earned God’s love and that, in fact, we are sinners.  And yet, “God continues to draw us to Godself.”  This experience of knowing our sinfulness in the midst of God’s love and the experience that God calls us even in the midst of our sinfulness is one that is shared by three people in our readings today. 




4th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Prophets Needed! - Sunday, January 31, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

January 26, 2016

Jesus shared in the prophetic ministry of many women and men we encounter in the Old Testament.  They were called by God and inspired to speak in the name of God.  They brought Good News - that God loved them, that they were "his people", and that he had a plan for them.  However, they also brought 'Bad News' - calling them to conversion and a change of heart to truly be "his people".  Jesus was not spared the rejection of other prophets, even leading to their death.             &nbs




3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Beyond the Pew - Sunday, January 24, 2016

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Father Jim Valk

January 20, 2016

A little boy was sitting on a park bench. Nearby was an elderly lady. It was noon hour. The little lad asked the lady if she would like a piece of his chocolate bar and so they shared their “lunch”. Off they went, with a smile. When the lady got home her daughter asked Mom why she was smiling? She said that she had met God that day- and he was so young. At the same time the little lad got home, also smiling. Why was he smiling- he had met God that day and he was a lady. What a meeting!




2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Mary: Influenced through Faith & Hope at Cana - Sunday, January 17, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

January 14, 2016

The references to time in this passage in John’s gospel bring to mind allusions to the Genesis account of creation.  John’s gospel begins with echoes of the words of the Book of Genesis: “In the beginning….”  This suggests from the outset that John is talking about the new creation that will be inaugurated with the coming of the Messiah, the Lamb of God.




Baptism of the Lord - His Baptism and Ours - January 10, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

January 6, 2016

One cannot help but reflect on one's own Baptism, and what it all means, when we attend a Baptism.  The Baptism of John was one of repentance, calling the chosen people back to the covenant with God.  Many responded, while others hesitated, and others found their hearts only becoming harder to the call of God.




Feast of the Holy Family - Sunday, December 27, 2015

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Father Jim Valk

December 23, 2015

FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

A little boy went to Church for the very first time with his grandmother. He was all eyes and questions. He wanted to know what the candles were for; the bells; the cross, and so on. What did they mean and she explained the significance of each - until the priest came to the pulpit, took off his watch and placed it on the ambo. “What”, said the little fellow, “did that mean”? With a smile she answered, “Nothing my son, nothing at all”.




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