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!

 

Epiphany of the Lord - January 2, 2022

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Father Paul Voisin

December 29, 2021

This Feast of the Epiphany proclaims that the salvation of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, has come to all.  Of course, in the Old Testament the promised Messiah was to come for the chosen people alone.  The coming of the (pagan) Wise Men to pay homage to the King of the Jews, we recognize that this miraculous coming of the Christ Child is to bring new and eternal life to all God’s people.  The prophet Isaiah speaks of the coming of faithful from the east, obviously pagans.  St.




December 25, 2021 - The Nativity of the Lord

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Father Paul Voisin

December 21, 2021

I am sure it may have happened to you, as it happens to me, that once and a while I pick up a song that keeps coming back to me, and I end up humming or singing throughout the day.  One of these particular Christmas songs is one that appeared in 1994 (by Marian Carey), “All I want for Christmas is you”.  As I think of this most holy day, the Nativity of the Lord Jesus, I imagine that this is the birthday gift that the Lord hopes from each one of us – our very selves!  If we have lived faithfully the Advent season we have prepared ourselves for this moment of giving ourselves




4th Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 19, 2021

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Father Jim Donohue

December 14, 2021

In his book The Hospitality of God: A Reading of Luke’s Gospel, Brendan Byrne points out that the Canticle of Zechariah announces that “the Lord, the God of Israel, has visited and brought redemption to his people” (Lk 1:68). As the Gospel of Luke plays out, we will see that some will welcome and offer hospitality to this “visitor from on high” and some will not. Those who do offer this hospitality, those who have some openness to Him—no matter how small—will in turn be welcomed into the hospitality of God.




3rd Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 12, 2021

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December 8, 2021

Gaudete Sunday Greetings!  The Entrance Antiphon in the Liturgy is Philippians 4:4-5 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.  Indeed, the Lord is near.”  “Rejoice” is the English translation of the first Latin word of the Antiphon: Gaudete.  This first word of the Antiphon then came to name the entire Sunday.




2nd Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 5, 2021

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Father Jim Donohue

November 29, 2021

“The Congregation of the Resurrection announces and gives witness to the Paschal Mystery.”  These words comprise the first sentence of the mission statement of the Resurrectionists.  Like all Christians, the Resurrectionists are able to accomplish this mission because they hope that God has the power and will to bring about, in us, new life from suffering and death.   We see this theme in each of our readings this 2nd weekend of Advent.




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




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