Sunday Reflections

32nd Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, November 12, 2017

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Father Paul Voisin

November 7, 2017

The motto of the Scouts is "Be prepared!"  Our gospel of this weekend shows us the result of not being prepared.  The foolish virgins did not take seriously their responsibility to the groom, and let him down.  If we do not take seriously our responsibilities to the Lord, we let him down.  When we see our faith life as a relationship with God it is easy to gauge our response to God, just as we can with our interpersonal human relationships.  However, if we see our faith life as 'out there', about rules and structures, then we can easily lose track (or interest) in o




30th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 29, 2017

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Father Jim Donohue

October 24, 2017

The Charism Statement of the Congregation of the Resurrection maintains that we are called “to respond with great love to the Father’s great love for us” and “to work together for the resurrection of society, bringing his life and love to all.” In these statements, we find the great commandments of Christ to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our minds, and to love our neighbor as our self.




28th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Father Jim Valk

October 13, 2017

What would your reaction be if you woke up one morning to receive a genuine invitation from any of the following world figures: President Trump, Pope Francis, the Queen of England, etcetera, asking you to join them for a dinner party in a couple of days time? How much happier would you be if the invitation reads: “Your visa is ready for the journey, and everything you need would be made available to you?” Today God hands out an invitation to everyone of us.




27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 8, 2017

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Father Jim Donohue

October 3, 2017

The Gospel text has truly shaped Christian attitudes and is one of the texts that has been the basis for a scheme of thought that played a dominant role in Christian theology and devotion for a long period of time. It could be briefly formulated this way: Israel, by murdering the Son of God, lost its election. Its role as people of God and instrument of salvation history was thrown away.  God chose a new people, namely the Church. This new people have replaced the old.




26th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 1, 2017

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Father Paul Voisin

October 1, 2017

Some of the parables of Jesus are called 'mirror' parables, because they invite us to look in the mirror and find out what we look like.  This gospel, of the two sons, is just such an opportunity.  We may identify ourselves, and others, with these two brothers and their response (or lack of it) to the father (the Father).  Only one of them did as the father commanded, although his initial response was disappointing.  The other said what the father wanted to hear, but then did nothing.




24th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, September 17, 2017

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Father Jim Donohue

September 12, 2017

In response to all that Jesus has said, Peter, in Matthew’s gospel, asks how many times one must forgive a brother…seven times?  Jesus responds to this seemingly generous view on the part of Peter with the words, “I say to you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Mt 18:22).




23rd Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, September 10, 2017

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Father Paul Voisin

September 7, 2017

Edmund Burke, the great British statesman once said:  “All that is needed for evil to prosper is for good people to remain silent”.   Of the many themes in this Sunday's gospel, the one that most spoke to me is the importance to correct one another.  Sometimes we don't want to get involved, or doubt if our words will make a difference.  Jesus shows us just the opposite, hat we are to reach out to one another to bring each other back to the Lord, and to share in the life of God.  This must be done with love and compassion, not with judgment and condemnation.




22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 3, 2017

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Father Jim Valk

August 29, 2017

Jesus tells us to “take up our cross and follow him”.  In a warehouse of crosses – which one fits us? How do we see the cross? With the promise of pain? Suffering? When it comes to dealing with suffering, do we face it with passive acceptance or do we accept it with a purpose? That question is always before us. By taking up one’s cross and following Christ it does not indicate that we are passively submitting to oppression, discrimination and abuses in their varied forms.




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