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!


1st Sunday of Advent - Sunday, November 28, 2021

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Father Paul Voisin

November 22, 2021

Advent begins a new liturgical year, and a new exposure to significant passage of Sacred Scripture.  Our gospel is what I like to call one of the ‘doom and gloom’ readings, portraying disasters and suffering.  However, in the midst of this, we see glory proclaimed in the coming of “the Son of Man”, Jesus.  In this season of grace we are told to “watch”, “stay awake”, and “stand erect”.  To prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of the Saviour, we need to be on our best ‘spiritual’ behaviour, united to God in prayer, and conscious of the sources of sin and evil around u

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - November 21, 2021

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Father Jim Donohue

November 17, 2021

In our first reading, Daniel has a vision of four beasts, each worse than the one before, who emerge from the sea. The sea is a place of chaos, and these beasts emerging from the sea represent different nations that have brought destruction and war upon the earth. Finally, Daniel has a vision of one like a Son of Man who comes from the clouds of heaven. Unlike those who emerge from the chaos and darkness of the sea, this one like a Son of Man will bring about a different type of kingdom: peace, justice and love.

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, November 14, 2021

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Father Jim Donohue

November 12, 2021

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 the four winds, from the ends of the earth

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, November 7, 2021

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Father Jim Donohue

November 1, 2021

There are three kinds of 'givers' - 'grudging givers', 'duty givers' and 'thanks givers'.   There is no doubt which kind of giver the poor widow in the gospel was.  She put all her trust in God and his providence.  Although she was poor, she still recognized God as loving and as her benefactor, and her contribution was an act of gratitude to God.  The rich, in the gospel, gave a lot, but for the 'wrong' reasons - to impress and out of obligation.  Thus, the challenge of Jesus to the scribes and Pharisees, who had that attitude.

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 31, 2021

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Father Paul Voisin

October 25, 2021

I am never sure which came first, the chicken or the egg?  This is what I think of each time I read this gospel.  Which comes first – love of God, love of neighbour, or love of self?  Where do we begin, to achieve all three?  The first article of the Constitutions of the Congregation of the Resurrection proclaims the unconditional love of God.  God loves us first, and if we accept this love (and the grace that comes with it) we will have an understanding of ourselves as loved, blessed, gifted, and saved.  In gratitude we will love God in return!  This love

30th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 24, 2021

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Father Jim Donohue

October 18, 2021

Last Sunday Jesus asked James and John a question: “What do you wish me to do for you?”  In response, they asked for seats at his right and his left when he comes in glory.  Jesus had just finished telling the disciples that he was to go to Jerusalem where he would suffer and die before rising on the third day.  In response to news of Jesus’ impending death, James and John ask for seats of glory.  (It is worth pointing out that the other ten disciples are no better.  The gospel tells us that “they became indignant at James and John,” for they wanted these seats them

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 17, 2021

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Father Jim Valk

October 15, 2021

In today’s Gospel, the sons of Zebedee didn’t know what they were asking in wanting to sit at Jesus’ right and left in the Kingdom. They were asking for privileges and honors. Once again, the disciples seem to be selective in what they hear Jesus say. They want to share Jesus’ glory, but do not appear to understand that his glory will be preceded by his suffering. Jesus notes their lack of understanding and predicts the suffering they will endure for the sake of the Gospel. Jesus says that the honor they seek is not his to give.

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 10, 2021

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Father Jim Donohue

October 4, 2021

It is interesting that in the Gospel, the rich young man seems to have things in order concerning his relationships with others. He seems to be keeping the last seven commandments well.  But, he makes no mention of his following the first three commandments that we usually understand to be connected with our relationship with God.  Jesus understands this and realizes that this young man, who is rich, has put others things before his relationship with God. This is why Jesus tells him that he must leave all behind.

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 3, 2021

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Father Paul Voisin

September 27, 2021

Jesus calls our attention, and those of his disciples at the same, to the children in their midst.  Children, in the time and place of Jesus, were not ‘people’ with ‘rights’, but looked upon as possessions, and very much in the sense of being ‘seen and not heard’.  What is the quality of these children that Jesus was extolling?  What did he want to teach his disciples by these surprising words and gestures in relation to (unimportant) children?  The outstanding quality for me is that a child realizes that they are dependent.

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, September 26, 2021

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Father Jim Donohue

September 23, 2021

Both the first reading from the Book of Numbers and the Gospel passage from Mark indicate that “those who are not against us, are for us.” A young man reports to Moses that Eldad and Medad are prophesying despite the fact that they had not been gathered with the 70 elders to receive some of the “spirit that was upon Moses.” Joshua (who had been with Moses from his youth) urges Moses to stop them. Similarly, James and John (who are, with Peter, in Jesus’ inner circle) complain about someone who is casting out demons in Jesus’ name.


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