Sunday Reflections

28th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Father Jim Valk

October 13, 2017

What would your reaction be if you woke up one morning to receive a genuine invitation from any of the following world figures: President Trump, Pope Francis, the Queen of England, etcetera, asking you to join them for a dinner party in a couple of days time? How much happier would you be if the invitation reads: “Your visa is ready for the journey, and everything you need would be made available to you?” Today God hands out an invitation to everyone of us.




27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 8, 2017

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Father Jim Donohue

October 3, 2017

The Gospel text has truly shaped Christian attitudes and is one of the texts that has been the basis for a scheme of thought that played a dominant role in Christian theology and devotion for a long period of time. It could be briefly formulated this way: Israel, by murdering the Son of God, lost its election. Its role as people of God and instrument of salvation history was thrown away.  God chose a new people, namely the Church. This new people have replaced the old.




26th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 1, 2017

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Father Paul Voisin

October 1, 2017

Some of the parables of Jesus are called 'mirror' parables, because they invite us to look in the mirror and find out what we look like.  This gospel, of the two sons, is just such an opportunity.  We may identify ourselves, and others, with these two brothers and their response (or lack of it) to the father (the Father).  Only one of them did as the father commanded, although his initial response was disappointing.  The other said what the father wanted to hear, but then did nothing.




24th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, September 17, 2017

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Father Jim Donohue

September 12, 2017

In response to all that Jesus has said, Peter, in Matthew’s gospel, asks how many times one must forgive a brother…seven times?  Jesus responds to this seemingly generous view on the part of Peter with the words, “I say to you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Mt 18:22).




23rd Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, September 10, 2017

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Father Paul Voisin

September 7, 2017

Edmund Burke, the great British statesman once said:  “All that is needed for evil to prosper is for good people to remain silent”.   Of the many themes in this Sunday's gospel, the one that most spoke to me is the importance to correct one another.  Sometimes we don't want to get involved, or doubt if our words will make a difference.  Jesus shows us just the opposite, hat we are to reach out to one another to bring each other back to the Lord, and to share in the life of God.  This must be done with love and compassion, not with judgment and condemnation.




22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 3, 2017

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Father Jim Valk

August 29, 2017

Jesus tells us to “take up our cross and follow him”.  In a warehouse of crosses – which one fits us? How do we see the cross? With the promise of pain? Suffering? When it comes to dealing with suffering, do we face it with passive acceptance or do we accept it with a purpose? That question is always before us. By taking up one’s cross and following Christ it does not indicate that we are passively submitting to oppression, discrimination and abuses in their varied forms.




20th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Father Paul Voisin

August 14, 2017

The encounter between the Canaanite woman and Jesus is an unusual one.  First of all, she was an unaccompanied woman, and second she was a pagan.  The culture of their time and place would not permit such an encounter.  Yet, Jesus, as God-made-man, shows the universality of God's love, ministering to the Canaanite woman in her need.  Her faith moves Jesus to a response, to heal her afflicted daughter.  The fundamental characteristic of Resurrectionist Spirituality is the unconditional love of God, reflected in this gospel.




19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 13, 2017

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Father Jim Valk

August 2, 2017

Years ago we were interviewing for a job and a Sister applied.  Fr. Ed wasn’t too sure if she was the best candidate for the job so he suggested that we take her fishing with us.  Unfortunately one of the fishing hooks got caught on a log a good ways from the boat.  The Sister says “I’ll get it” and then proceeds to walk across the water to release the hook from the log.  Fr Ed’s response to witnessing this miracle is “See she can’t even swim!” His focus is elsewhere and he totally misses the point.




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