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!


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).


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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.

A Man For All Seasons

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Father Jim Valk

June 3, 2013

A pastor went to a parishioners home for dinner. The wife put on a wonderful spread. At the end of the meal the Pastor said that he had never had a meal like this before. Piped up the youngest child- “neither have we”.

Meals are special times- time to be together, to catch up, to enjoy each other. But it seems like the traditional Sunday dinner has gone by the wayside. A survey asked people what three things they like to hear. The answer- I love you, I forgive you, INVITE ME TO DINNER.

The Spirit Unites Us into One Body: Pentecost 2013

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Father Jim Donohue

May 13, 2013

St. John Chrysostom wrote, “He whom we love and lose is no longer where he was before; he is now wherever we are.” This quotation seems to articulate the experience of Mary of Magdala when she encounters the Risen Lord and hears that she must let go, for he will be ascending “to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” (John 20:17). It is difficult for her to let go of the one that she loved for she is experiencing the loss of a certain way of relating to Jesus.

Be a Witness - 7th Sunday of Easter

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Father Paul Voisin

May 9, 2013

Jesus tells us “you are witnesses”. Indeed, we – like the disciples – are witnesses to the work of the Lord. As we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost we remember that Jesus has suffered, died, risen, and now been taken up into heaven. He has left us behind (for now), but not alone. He has sent us the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, to fill us with his life, and to bear witness to him. A witness is one who comes forward to say what has been seen, heard, and experienced.


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Father Jim Valk

May 3, 2013

A man was muddling through his life- confused, lost, in debt. He heard about an old Brother, living in the desert, who had found a huge diamond. Our man thought that if he had that diamond all his problems would be over. He travelled far into the dawn and came at last to the old man. I want that diamond; he told the Brother- it will solve all my problems and worries. The old Brother rummaged around in his little storeroom, came up with the diamond (baseball size) and offered it to the man. Away went the man, hopeful, happy.

We are an Easter People! 5th Sunday of Easter

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Father Ernie Varosi

April 22, 2013

All the readings for this fifth Sunday of Easter underline the wonderful truth that something new has happened and that we are the beneficiaries of the good news.

For example, from the gospel we learn that the most important identifying quality of Christians is that love that we have for one another. "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

The Lamb that Was Slain Now Shepherds Us: 4th Sun of Easter C

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Father Jim Donohue

April 15, 2013

Whenever I have visited someone in the hospital and suggested that we pray, almost always the person will indicate that we should pray Psalm 23 “The Lord Is My Shepherd.” Small wonder, for God's loving care is so clearly manifested in this psalm as a shepherd and a host. As a shepherd, God will make sure that we lack for nothing, feeding us, strengthening us, guiding us along the right paths, and protecting us from every danger. As a host, God sets a table before us where we will dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of our lives.

Be not afraid - Believe! 2nd Sunday of Easter C

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Father Jim Valk

April 2, 2013

A village in the southeast of the States was experiencing the worst drought of their history. Nothing would bring rain: no science, no “magic” brought hope. Finally, one elder in the community mentioned that there was an Indian Rain Maker in the area. Why not try him? He was called, told the problem and asked for a solution. He promised to come if the whole village would attend. Do not be afraid, I will come. Be ready. The next morning the whole assembly formed a circle and the Rain man came. Do you think I can do this, he asked. Oh Yes, they replied. We have faith in you.

“Do You Realize What I Have Done for You?” - Holy Thursday 2013

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Father Jim Donohue

March 26, 2013

As an action in ancient times, foot washing was an act of service and love. Hosts often provided water for their guests to wash their own feet after travelling on dusty roads. While disciples, out of respect and devotion, might wash the feet of a teacher or rabbi, slaves were not required to wash the feet of their master. Yet, we see Jesus, in today's gospel, washing the feet of his disciples. In this context, we begin to understand why his disciples resisted his actions. In their eyes, Jesus seems to have gotten things backwards.


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