Sunday Reflections

To help reflect on the Sunday mass, we are posting these reflections for all to read. May they be a source of insight, faith, and inspiration to you and help enrich your spiritual journey with us!

 

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - November 17, 2019

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Father Dan Lobsinger

November 12, 2019

In a few weeks, we will be coming to the end of our liturgical year and begin the season of Advent.  During this time, our readings will centre on the theme of the ‘end times” where there will be the final judgement of God on all creation. This thought can provoke fear in each of us, particularly after reading Luke’s gospel of Jesus speaking of the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and how there will be wars and insurrections, disaster and persecutions that will first take place. After all, the temple was a sign to the early Christians of the presence of God.




32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, November 10, 2019

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Father Jim Donohue

November 7, 2019

In our gospel today, Jesus responds to the Sadducees—who did not believe in the resurrection from the dead on the last day—that our God is not a God of the dead, but of the living. After all, Jesus states, God revealed Godself to Moses as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, all of whom were long dead in history before Moses ever lived.




31st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, November 3, 2019

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Father Paul Voisin

October 28, 2019

Zacchaeus appeared, to the people of Jericho, to be the last and least person with whom Jesus should have visited.  He was despised by his fellow Jews, collecting the (unjust) taxes for the Roman conquerors.  Yet, he was the one Jesus chose to grace by his presence in his home – and it was indeed a ‘grace’.  This brought about the conversion of Zacchaeus, reflected by his returning of the money he took (unlawfully) from the people in Jericho.  Indeed, salvation had come to him!  That same Jesus wants to come to us, and bring about the same ‘grace’ of conversion.&nbs




30th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 27, 2019

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Father Fred Scinto

October 22, 2019

“Today’s readings offer valuable lessons concerning trust and humility, both of which serve as important criteria for Christians in developing healthy prayer practices and a deeper relationship with God” (Matt Charbonneau, “30th Sunday in Ordinary Time,” Living With Christ, October 2019).  Today’s first Communion Antiphon focuses on our receiving God’s saving help (which is always present) and joyfully praising God for it.  Note also that the word-concept “righteousness/righteous” occurs in the First Reading, the Psalm Response, the Second Reading, and the Gospel




29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 20, 2019

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Father Toby Collins

October 17, 2019

In today’s Gospel (Luke 18:1-8) Jesus tells the parable of the widow who cries to the judge for justice.  It is important to contextualize this story with the opening line of Gospel: “Jesus told the disciples a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.” and with the closing line of the Gospel: “And yet when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth.” Let us spend a moment each on prayer, not losing heart and faith.




28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 13, 2019

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Father Jim Donohue

October 8, 2019

I have always been encouraged by St. Paul in his Second Letter to the Corinthians when he talks about “a thorn in the flesh that was given to me.” He tells us that he asked God to take this away—whatever it was—three times, but God’s response was that God’s grace would be sufficient for Paul, and that God’s power would best be manifested through Paul’s weakness (2 Cor 12:7-9).




27th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 6, 2019

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Father Paul Voisin

September 30, 2019

The responsibilities we encounter in life are many, and some of them demanding and difficult.  The images in the gospel remind us to be responsible in our vocations and in the roles, we have accepted in life (such as our job).  Sometimes we may fulfill our responsibilities, our “duty”, grudgingly or halfway.  We may feel some things as ‘beneath’ us.  But, the example in the gospel shows us that our service should be with gratitude and joy.  We are using well the time, talents and treasure that God has given us.  We are faithful stewards!  May this gospel e




26th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, September 29th, 2019

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Father Fred Scinto

September 24, 2019

Today is also the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, who are dear to and close to Pope Francis’ heart.  Today there is also a collection for the needs of the Church in Canada (please be generous here).  And, lastly, the commentary today will be a bit longer than usual because of the importance and difficulty of the central content, i.e., Christianity/Catholicism and wealth/riches.  The Entrance Antiphon, which is biblical, sets the context of our reflection today with hard words on not hearing what God tells us to do; these words are based on parts of the segment of Daniel 3




25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, September 22, 2019

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Father Dan Lobsinger

September 11, 2019

The portrayal of the prophet Amos that we read in the first reading is a person filled with anger. This anger when understood and put in context appears to be justified. Amos finds that those who are in privileged positions in society are claiming all the wealth of land and possessions and exploiting the poor in obtaining this wealth. The result of these actions is him experiencing human suffering. Those who are the weakest and most vulnerable are suffering at the expense of the most powerful.




24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, September 15, 2019

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Father Paul Voisin

September 9, 2019

I have found a popular reaction to this reading of the Prodigal Son is, “It’s not fair!”  Although we may identify to some extend with the disobedient and selfish son, most prefer to align themselves with the dutiful and obedient other son.  I believe he was more motivated by fear of his father, than love.  If he had left home, I doubt he would have ever returned, doubting that the father would love him enough to forgive him.  So, he felt justified in rejecting his newly welcomed brother, and was angry with his father.  In our human condition, are we welcoming of th




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