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 Lent - Sunday, March 10, 2019

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Father Paul Voisin

March 4, 2019

The temptations of Jesus call our attention to one of the goals of the Lenten season – to overcome the attraction to evil, temptation and sin.  We don’t have to look far outside ourselves, or around us, to see such sources.  Jesus, as God-made-man, shows us how to resist temptation.  He forever had his eyes on the will of the Father.  This special ‘sight’ helped him to constantly distinguish between the call to grace, and the call to evil, temptation and sin.  Our temptation may not be bread, power, and security, but the evil one knows us well enough to know exactly




8th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, March 3, 2019

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Father Fred Scinto

February 28, 2019

THE WORD OF GOD! What happens when we encounter the Word of God, let us say at Sunday Mass?  Looking back quickly on my long priestly ministry, I notice that the approach usually taken was to roll up our sleeves and tackle the Word to get Its’ message.  When stated this way, we realize a problem immediately – we do not master the Word but we should let the Word master us!




7th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, February 24, 2019

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Father Jim Donohue

February 19, 2019

Part of the Charism Statement for the Congregation of the Resurrection reads: “We believe that God’s love for us is merciful and unfailing. We have not earned his love. We are nothing, have nothing, and can do nothing without God. We are attracted to evil. We are sinners. Yet, God continues to draw us to himself.”




6th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, February 17, 2019

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Father Paul Voisin

February 11, 2019

Our world today is confused and confusing.  What the world tells us makes us happy, is not on the list of gospel values that lead to true happiness.  In fact some of the things most looked down upon in our society – humility, forgiveness, compassion, generosity, dependence – are high on the list that the Lord proclaims not only by his teaching, but by his life, suffering, death and resurrection.  I am sure that those who listened to Jesus on that day were also confused, as he proclaimed the reward that awaited the “poor, “hungry”, those “who weep”, and those “hated”.  Eq




5th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, February 10, 2019

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Father Fred Scinto

February 4, 2019

Our First Reading today is one through which God asks us through Isaiah “Whom will I send and who will go for Us?” Answer “here am I; send me to rebuild your Church.” The Second Reading is all about proclamation – strongly state to God (and others) that you will proclaim the Gospel.  In the Gospel Itself, hear Jesus say to you, “(Name,) do not be afraid; from now on you will catch people (to rebuild my Church).”




4th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, February 3, 2019

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Father Jim Donohue

January 28, 2019

Once, when I was a seminarian studying theology, I was asked for some money by a man at the train station. I figured that he would buy alcohol with any money that I gave him, so I told him that I would not give him any money, but I would buy him something to eat. He seemed rather indecisive about this, but followed me into the cafeteria where I purchased a sandwich and coffee for him. When we walked outside, he took the sandwich and threw it at me, hitting me in the face with it. Of course, I was glad that he did not throw the coffee, too!




3rd Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, January 27, 2019

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Father Paul Voisin

January 27, 2019

Jesus returned to Nazareth, where he grew up.  He was known in the city and in the temple, having completed his Sabbath faithfully.  There he heard the Scriptures and the promises of God, and the call of God.  So it was that, where it all began, he rose and read from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.




Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Father Fred Scinto

January 15, 2019

     We are now in that part of the Church’s liturgical calendar that is called “Ordinary Time.”  This does not mean this part of the liturgical calendar is less important than other parts: what it does mean is that it does not have the specific focus that other parts have, e.g., doing penance in Lent or Christ’s Resurrection at Easter Time.  One other observation here.  I am privileged to be able to attend and celebrate Mass every day: if I am not careful, I can begin to take Eucharist for granted (do recall the old adage that familiarity breeds




Baptism of the Lord - Sunday, January 13, 2019

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Father Jim Donohue

January 7, 2019

The passage that appears before our Sunday gospel reading is about the preaching of John the Baptist.  John is clearly identified with the great Old Testament prophet Elijah.  By connecting John the Baptist to the prophet Elijah, Luke is making a clear statement about the long awaited day of the Lord—it is here!  This message is repeated in the story of Jesus’ baptism by John.  The story itself has three elements: the heaven opens, the dove appears, and a voice proclaims, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”  All three elements contain allusio




Epiphany of the Lord - Sunday, January 6, 2019

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Father Paul Voisin

January 2, 2019

The three wise men followed a star from the east that announced to them that the Saviour, the King of the Jews, had been born.  Today many people follow ‘stars’, but these stars are some of the false gods that God warns us about – success, fame, possessions, beauty, and pleasure.  They can be as captivating as that star of Bethlehem, but leading and guiding us – not to the stable of the Christ Child, but – in the opposite direction, separating us from God and creating barriers with others.  Today we celebrate this star that leads us to Jesus Christ.  Even in this first s




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