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!

 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

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Father Jim Donohue

April 17, 2014

When I was a seminarian way back in 1974, I attended my first Easter Vigil. Our homilist was our rector at the time, Fr. Bob Liddy, who ended his homily by playing a recording of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. (By the way, most of us were relieved that Fr. Bob played a recording rather than trying to sing it himself!) I am sure that you know the tune and how often the word “Alleluia” appears. I am actually playing it right now as I compose this reflection!




FOLLOW THE LEADER- LOVE ONE ANOTHER - Holy Thursday 2014

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Father Jim Valk

April 14, 2014

I was resting on a park bench one noon hour when a “bag” lady sat down on the other end. I paid little attention to her until she saw me take out my lunch. Are you going to have lunch, she asked. Of course I was but was she going to ask me for mine! She suggested that we trade lunches. Oh no! But my pride got in my way and I said yes. Chicken salad for a mystery sandwich. It came from a greasy bag and it was readily traded. She asked if I wanted to see what it was. I don't like surprises so I delicately opened it and I ate it, knowing that this was not a good idea.




Don't Fence Me In - 3rd Sunday of Lent A

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Father Jim Valk

March 21, 2014

During the war in France a soldier (enemy) who was good to the French people was killed. The townspeople wanted him to be buried in the Catholic cemetery, but he wasn't a Catholic and so the pastor refused permission to bury him there with all the Catholics. However the man was allowed to be buried outside the fence. That night the pastor came out with a shovel and moved the fence. Now the soldier was with the parishioners. All were now included.




Transfiguration: 2nd Sunday of Lent

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Father Ernie Varosi

March 10, 2014

This second Sunday of Lent has as its central theme the transfiguration of Jesus before his disciples. Its all about listening to Jesus message to all of us.

Like the first disciples we may be surprised and confused by God as we listen. The journey to the mountain of Calvary is the one we join Jesus and the disciples in making. Like Abram we may not know where we are going but we do know why we are going. God who is faithful calls us and we are listening hard.




Remember that you are dust - Ash Wednesday Year A

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Father Jim Donohue

March 3, 2014

As Catholics receive the mark of ashes on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday, they will hear the words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This exhortation comes from Genesis 3:19 when God announces the punishment for the man: “ By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread, until you return to the ground, from which you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”




Reaching Out - The Touch that Heals

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Father Jim Valk

February 19, 2014

Some years ago, during my time in Bolivia, there were many times when a young couple would bring their child, who had died, to the house. The child was wrapped in white and the parents wanted a baptism before they could bury their child. On one such occasion the parents came with their only child. I explained to them (from the head, not the heart) that baptism wasn't necessary, but to no avail. Finally the mother grabbed the infant from her husband, threw the child at me and said, bring my child back; you are in touch with God.




Sermon on the Mount: 6th Sunday of the Year

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Father Ernie Varosi

February 10, 2014

The Gospel reading for this Sunday is part of the Sermon on the Mount wherein Jesus reminds us and all Christians to consider the weight and meaning of what we say — and to realize the chasm that often exists between our words and our actions. Matthew clearly presents Jesus, as the new Moses, as the teacher who has the "key" to the truth about God and to the truth about discipleship.




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.




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