Sunday Reflections

Be Light for the World: 5th Sunday A

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Father Jim Donohue

February 4, 2014

The Resurrectionist Charism Statement reminds all the members of the Congregation of the Resurrection that they are called “to BE community, which is a living sign of the gospel values or justice, truth and love.” This sentence suggests that the gospel values need to be embodied in some way so that they will be VISIBLE for others to SEE. Jesus maintains the same thing in the gospel today when he urges his disciples to be light for the world.




A Light in the Darkness - 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time

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Father Jim Valk

January 24, 2014

It was a sunny afternoon in the mountains, close to the glacier, and the snow was beginning to fall gently on the kids. By mid afternoon it was time for me to head for home. That night I awoke with a terrible pain in my eyes. The light was on but I couldn't see – snow blindness. After some weeks of treatment by our doctor I was able to see again. But during those weeks I was so afraid that I would not see again. What a scare!




The Day of the Lord has Come: The Baptism of the Lord

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Father Jim Donohue

January 7, 2014

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, Matthew 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.




A Star: Epiphany - Sunday January 5 2014

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Father Paul Voisin

January 1, 2014

People are often fascinated with stars. On the right evening one can look up into the sky (even lay down on a blanket on the grass if one is young – or adventurous – enough) and see the multitude of stars. They are mesmerizing, and can easily fill us with wonder and awe.




An Unqualified Yes: 4th Sunday of Advent

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Father Ernie Varosi

December 17, 2013

A Nigerian proverb says, "Listen, and you will hear the footsteps of the ants." Today we are challenged to listen and hear the footsteps of God who comes into our lives in ordinary ways, through ordinary people and at ordinary moments of our lives. No need to look up to the mountain top or the depths of the ocean, for "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).




Make Straight the Path - 2nd Sunday of Advent

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Father Paul Voisin

December 6, 2013

Sometimes people have asked me, “When should I go to Confession?” I usually respond, “When something hurts”. Just like we go to the doctor when something hurts, so too we turn to the Lord for spiritual health in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The people who heard John the Baptist preach were also hurting.




Feast of Christ the King

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Father Bernie Hayes

November 19, 2013

On this last Sunday of the Church year we focus on the enigmatic figure of Christ dying on the Cross. While the whole nature of kingship can be confusing, yet, true kingship, it turns out, is a revelation because Christ, the king of the universe, uses this power only to free us from the thrall of false kingdoms and kings, whether construed as human or spiritual kingship. As the beautiful Christ hymn of Colossians tells us: God has "rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.




Trust as the End Approaches

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Father Jim Donohue

November 11, 2013

As the liturgical year draws to a close, the Sunday readings focus on the end. The first reading from the prophet Malachi looks forward to the end of time when those who have chosen evil and those who have chosen good will be clearly revealed. In the eyes of the world, those who have chosen evil seem to be more “successful” than those who have chosen the good over evil. However, when the Day of the Lord comes, things will be revealed for what they truly are: those who have chosen good will be seen as truly wise and those who have chosen evil will be seen as truly foolish.




We are a Resurrection People

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Father Paul Voisin

November 5, 2013

We are a resurrection people. Our faith in the resurrection of Jesus is central to our Christian faith.

The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection from the dead, and found themselves at odd with Jesus, and with many other members of their Jewish faith community.




Out on a limb: 31st Sunday C

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Father Jim Valk

October 29, 2013

A man decided to dress up on Halloween and so to scare the kids who came to his door for trick or treat. The bell rang. The man shone a flashlight under his chin. He let out an ungodly scream and looked down to find a wee girl there, dressed like an angel. She looked at the man and with a smile asked if his mommy was home.




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