Sunday Reflections

God’s Love Is a Free Gift - 24th Sunday C

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Father Jim Donohue

September 11, 2013

The Charism Statement of the Congregation of the Resurrection emphasizes the unconditional and unmerited love that God has for us when it says, “We believe that God's love for us is merciful and unfailing. We have not earned his love.” The third parable in this weekend's gospel embodies this truth.




Discple or Not?

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Father Paul Voisin

September 4, 2013

Disciple or Not?

Jesus calls us to be his disciples, to follow him. It sounds so simple, but as he outlines for us what this discipleship will look like it becomes more daunting. It is indeed a challenge! ‘Disciple’ and ‘discipline’ come from the same root word, and last time I checked it is not easy for us to discipline ourselves. Even in order to follow Jesus!




Enter through the Narrow Gates

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Father Ernie Varosi

August 19, 2013

The readings for this twenty-first Sunday remind us that we must listen to God's call to follow Jesus wholeheartedly. We meet God not only in the scriptures but also in everyday life. Luke's Gospel is full of stories of people who had been written off, but find acceptance with Jesus, of sinners being welcomed, of the lost being found. Jesus does not seem to answer the question posed to him because the real question is how to be saved, what must I do to attain eternal life, etc. It is about our personal faith journey.




A Gospel that Challenges: 20th Sunday Year C

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Father Jim Donohue

August 12, 2013

The readings this Sunday remind us of how difficult it can be to follow God's ways, especially when God's ways do not seem to conform to our way of seeing and doing things. Like the princes who complained to King Zedekiah about Jeremiah, we may even want to — as we say today — shoot the messenger. At times it is easier to criticize or sabotage the one who is making God's ways more apparent to us than it is to listen intently and to discern how we are called to change.




The Hospitality of God: 16th Sunday

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Father Jim Donohue

July 16, 2013

Both our first reading and our gospel reading this Sunday involve stories of meals and hospitality. In the first reading Abraham and Sarah are the ones providing the hospitality for the three visitors at Mamre, while the gospel portrays Mary and Martha providing hospitality for Jesus in their home. Interestingly, while they seem to be attentive to their guests, each story provides a challenge to one of the hosts about ways that they, in turn, can become recipients of the divine hospitality that will be given in return.




Following Christ's Lead: 12th Sunday

Father Toby Collins

July 4, 2013

Part of the formation process of becoming a Resurrectionist is to go on a silent retreat. All you are given is a place to stay, food on the table, a retreat director to meet with for one hour each day, and all the silence you could want to meditate on the scriptures and your relationship with God. For many "potential CR's" this retreat becomes a pivotal point in their discernment of religious life because in those moments of silence, and the reflection with their spiritual director that follows, many connections are made between us and God that bring us to life and a joy.




Commitment: To Be or Not to Be - 13th Sunday

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Father Jim Valk

June 28, 2013

A MAN WAS walking alone the street when he came upon a huge construction site of a Church. He saw 3 men working and asked them what they were building. One man just muttered that he was only throwing one pile of stone from one side to the other. The second man, with a grunt, said that he was just following plans, putting up boards and walls. The third man said with a smile that he was building a cathedral. And indeed he was. It all depends on how we see ourselves and our talents, how we are committed to make a difference.




Challenges to our Faith: 12 Sunday Year C

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Father Ernie Varosi

June 17, 2013

‘But who do you say that I am?’ We are being challenged by this question every day of our lives. Jesus wants us to make our own unique affirmation. No one else can offer our act of assent. All of us have our own hearts to give freely away. This is what God seems to cherish most about us. Hence, discerning what God is saying to us is only the first part of our challenge as Christians.




Those who are forgiven much, love much.” - 11th Sunday Year C

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Father Jim Donohue

June 10, 2013

St. Paul, in our second reading from his letter to the Galatians, professes that “the life I live now is not my own; Christ is living in me” (2:20). This verse echoes in the hearts of all Resurrectionists and other followers of Christ who attempt to empty and wholly deny themselves in order that Christ may dwell in them and act through them. Indeed, this Pauline verse is included in the Resurrectionists’ Constitutions as the summation of the Christian life that imitates Christ “so intimately that we live, die, and rise with him” (no. 6).




Arise

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Father Paul Voisin

June 5, 2013

It is part of our human condition (thankfully) that we seek out new and deeper life. In most of us there is this desire, perhaps even ‘burning’ desire, to live life more fully. In our spiritual lives this same desire is at work.




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