Sunday Reflections

29th Sundary in Ordinary Time - The First Among You - October 18, 2015

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Father Paul Voisin

October 18, 2015

The first among you

The Christian virtue of humility is an important one.  Jesus showed us that humility as he washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper.  Indeed, he came "to serve, not to be served".  James and John were seeking special status.  Jesus made it clear to them that this was not his way, or that of the kingdom.  Rather, they must become "servants", even "slaves". 




26th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Harsh Words - September 27, 2015

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Father Paul Voisin

September 25, 2015

Sometimes the words of Jesus appear harsh.  It is no wonder that, after hearing his preaching of truth, some of the disciples ceased to follow him.  Today Jesus speaks about the effects of sin on us.  Sin should be so repulsive to us that we would go to the extent to cut off the offending member that has led us into sin.  Surely, Jesus does not want us walking around with one hand, or one foot, or one eye (or none at all), but wants us to turn our hearts to him, turn our lives toward him.   It is the responsibility of each of us to give an example to others.&n




Who is On First? 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 20, 2015

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Father Jim Valk

September 18, 2015

A wife was married to a man who was a full sized egotist. Every action was a sign of his egotism, always better than someone else. He was the greatest, at least in his own eyes. No matter what the wife would do, or would try to fix, he was # one. One day, at the circus, he decided to tell his wife that he was going to weigh himself. What a “diagnosis” he got! The machine said he was charming, intelligent, sexy, a magnetic personality. “Well,” said the egotist, “what do you think of that? It sees me as I am”.




24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - "They'll Know We are Christians by Our Love - September 13, 2015

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Father Jim Donohue

September 14, 2015

The second reading from the Letter of James raises the question of the relationship between faith and good works.  James maintains that our faith should be manifested or embodied in a certain way of living.  This second reading today suggests that faith will be obvious in the concrete ways of serving the poor, where they are given “the necessities of the body.”  This way of thinking is captured in the old hymn, “They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love; yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” 




The 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Being Taken Aside - Sunday September 6, 2015

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Father Paul Voisin

August 28, 2015

Jesus reveals his power as God-made-man in giving the deaf man the ability to hear.  For each of us, we can only imagine what the life of that man was before his encounter with Jesus.  (Some of us are in the position of our hearing failing us, and we know how frustrating and difficult that can be.)   Jesus’ words “Ephphatha!  Be opened!” were not only directed to that man on that day in the Decapolis.  He wants to take us aside and put his finger into our ears and touch our tongue and say the same words, so that we might be open and hear.&nbs




The 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - I Get (Got) to Love the Hearts' Motives Sunday August 30, 2015

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Father Jim Valk

August 28, 2015

It was a Sunday afternoon! Only one parking spot was available on a one way street. My friend Fr. Nino was driving (Mario Andretti style) and he was confident he could get into the spot. So, he backed up perfectly, got into the space - and a whistle blew. A cop (in Bolivia) cited Fr. Nino for going in the wrong direction. Fr. Nino explained that the only way to park was to first back up (remembering it was a one way street) and then pull ahead. Right? “Wrong,” said the man, “You are going in the wrong direction, even though that was the only way to do it”.




Discipleship & Commitment - the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Father Ernie Varosi

August 23, 2015

This Sunday’s gospel is the concluding section of Jesus’ discourse as the bread of life.  Jesus reveals himself as the bread from heaven and many of the disciples caught on quite clearly. They understood that Jesus had handed them an all-or-nothing proposition. Peter gives us a hint of the discernment the community of disciples has been doing. He says, “We have come to believe.” They have talked among themselves and confirmed the interior experience each has had. Somehow, they know that Jesus’ words give them life.




20th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Wisdom’s Banquet Feeds Us - August 16, 2015

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Father Jim Donohue

August 12, 2015

My mother used an expression: “The proof is in the pudding.”  While I am not exactly sure what that means—other than it conveyed a deep truth when my MOTHER said it—the saying suggests that the final result will show what we have put into something.  Who has not rushed home and eaten something that was not only without taste, but without benefit?  We know that these bad choices have a direct effect on how we look and feel.




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