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!

 

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, September 8, 2019

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Father Fred Scinto

August 27, 2019

INTRODUCTION: We are at the end of summer and have only a little bit left of this very beautiful season.  All of us are fully blessed and loved by God Who has generously given us His/Her Word (the Scriptures) in order to speak directly to us, God’s children.  This Word is too important for us not to increase and improve our graced approach to it in our Sunday Masses.  Please allow me to explore with you a way for doing this before we approach this Sunday’s Scripture readings. And thankyou for letting me make these reflections a bit longer so I can do this.




22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, September 1, 2019

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Father Jim Donohue

August 26, 2019

I was at a perpetual vow ceremony last weekend. I did not know anyone there and was unfamiliar with the practices of this group. I asked another priest if we should sit in a particular place and he indicated that this was a suitable place for us. No sooner had we sat down, and someone came by to explain to us that we were sitting in the section reserved for the family. The person “graciously” led us toward the back of the room where the clergy were to sit! This led, of course, to some TEMPORARY embarrassment.




21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday August 25, 2019

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Father Paul Voisin

August 16, 2019

How embarrassing to hear, as in the gospel, someone say, “I don’t know you”.  In this parable, Jesus calls us to be faithful to Him, and to show that we belong to Him by our quality of life.  It is not a Baptismal certificate or First Communion photos that will get us into heaven.  We make ourselves “first” in the kingdom, by our humility and obedience to Christ.  Humility helps us realize that all that we have and are comes from God.  This also helps us to see ourselves ‘on a level playing field‘ and in harmony with others.  Our obedience is to the will of God




19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 11, 2019

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Father Toby Collins

August 13, 2019

In the parable offered this Sunday, being honest, generous, reliable, humble, persistent, and alert are qualities Jesus encourages his followers appropriate if they want to be among those whom the Father is pleased to give the kingdom to.  This would have been the kingdom that was foretold by prophets, imagined by visionaries, and embraced by faithful Jewish people for many generations.  It was truly the fulfillment of their deepest longings and, if lost, it became the source of their greatest disappointments and fears.  To hear that God is pleased to give them this great gif




18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 4, 2019

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Father Paul Voisin

July 29, 2019

In our human condition, we sometimes lose sight of what is really important.  Ambition and being industrious are not bad things; being wealthy is not bad.  However the criticism of Jesus in this gospel (and others) is because often the fruits of this ‘success’ leads people to become independent of God, forgetting that all that they have and are has come from God.  It also can lead to a breakdown with others, feeling superior and more worthy.  Our true treasure is not in barns, grains and goods, but in the values and virtues of the kingdom of God.  These last forever




17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, July 28. 2019

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Father Fred Scinto

July 23, 2019

Today’s Scripture Readings and Scriptural References in the Gospel Acclamation and the Communion Antiphon, for example, arouse us to deeper faith by our hearing more deeply God’s powerful word to us.  The readings and Scriptural references are like a little catechism teaching us so much about God and ourselves.




16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Father Jim Donohue

July 10, 2019

Our scriptures this Sunday provide stories of hospitality. In an “appearance of the Lord” to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre, Abraham and Sarah welcome three men. As Jesus entered a village, a woman whose name was Martha and her sister Mary welcome him.  




15th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, July 14, 2019

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Father Paul Voisin

July 9, 2019

Who is my neighbour?  This question often haunts followers of Jesus, as we realize more and more what it means to be brothers and sisters of one another, united in Christ.  The Samaritan was the last person expected to help the stricken Jew, since their tribes were not united.  There was dis-trust between them, but here is the Samaritan caring for the Jew.  He shows us what compassion looks like.  Compassion means ‘to suffer with’.  The other two, who as Jews were more obliged to help, had only pity, keeping their distance (so as not to be made unclean by conta




14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, July 7, 2019

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Father Fred Scinto

June 26, 2019

Today’s readings, as usual, are powerful and easy to understand.  Today’s readings are also very personal and speak to our baptized vocation in Christ.

Notice the very beautiful sentiment in today’s First Reading: “as a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.” This is God our Father/Mother talking to you and me – we are God’s children!  Something we should really really celebrate! The Responsorial Psalm answers for us: make your joyful noise to God.




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