Sunday Reflections

The Nativity of the Lord - The Shepherds Understood What Had Been Told Them About This Child

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Father Jim Donohue

December 18, 2015

In the readings for Christmas Mass at Dawn, we are told that the shepherds, after a revelation from the angels, decide to see “this thing that has taken place.”  So, they set out in haste and find Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.  The shepherds begin to make known what they have seen and everyone who heard their message is amazed.  The passage concludes with the verse that the shepherds continued glorifying and praising God because they understood what had been told them about this child.  What was it that they came to understand?  I




4th Sunday of Advent - The Courage of Mary - December 20, 2015

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Father Paul Voisin

December 15, 2015

Central to the celebration of the Incarnation of God-made-man in Jesus, is the person of Mary, his beloved and blessed Mother.  This courageous woman, carrying the Christ Child in her womb, went in caravan from Nazareth (in the north) to Ein Karen (in the south) to accompany her cousin Elizabeth, who was soon to give birth.  Upon her arrival the child in the womb of Elizabeth, John the Baptist', "leaped in her womb" and Elizabeth, "filled with the Holy Spirit", declared that the Saviour of the world was in her presence.  What a confirmation this must




2nd Sunday in Advent - Hope: God Is Concerned for Our Welfare - December 6, 2015

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Father Jim Donohue

December 4, 2015

“The Congregation of the Resurrection announces and gives witness to the Paschal Mystery.”  These words comprise the first sentence of the mission statement of the Resurrectionists.  Like all Christians, the Resurrectionists are able to accomplish this mission because they hope that God has the power and will to bring about, in us, new life from suffering and death.   We see this theme in each of our readings this 2nd weekend of Advent.




1st Sunday of Advent

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Father Paul Voisin

November 29, 2015

 In our human condition we may sometimes find ourselves procrastinating – putting off to tomorrow (or even later) something we could and should do today.  This is the spirit of today’s gospel – to be “vigilant at all times”.  If our hearts are “drowsy” we will not recognize and respond to the grace of God as it comes to us.  These lost opportunities will distance us from God, and become obstacles in our lives with others.  Advent is a time of preparedness, for the coming of the Lord Jesus at his birth.  Although our ho




1st Sunday of Advent - A Time to be Aware, To Ready - November 29, 2015

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Father Jim Valk

November 29, 2015

A young boy told his Mom that he saw a man.  On his T-shirt was a sign that said “I am Jesus”.  Said the young lad “Mom what do I say”?  She told him – “Son just look busy – Jesus is coming”.  We often say Get Busy - Get Working, Get-With-It! Be ready, we don’t know when Jesus will come.  Be prepared, we don’t want to miss his coming.




33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Approach the End with Hope and Confidence - November 15, 2015

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Father Jim Donohue

November 15, 2015

As we approach the end of the liturgical year, our Sunday readings point us to the end of time.  The reading from the Book of Daniel looks forward to an end for those faithful Jews who were persecuted by King Antiochus IV: “They shall live forever” and “shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament.”  Likewise, the reading from the Gospel of Mark reminds those faithful early Christians in Rome who were persecuted  that they “will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory,” who will “gather his elect from




All Saints/Souls - November 1, 2015

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Father Jim Valk

November 1, 2015

Definition of a Saint – One Touched by God – One Through Whom God’s Life and Love Shines

Saints are those who allowed God to make great music with their lives....  Jesus asked the Saints “Who do you say I am?” “Who makes your heart sing?” “Who represents Jesus to you?” “How has God made great music in your life?”




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