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!

 

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 26, 2018

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Father Jim Donohue

August 15, 2018

 

The second reading (Ephesians 5:21-32) is one of the most misunderstood passages about marriage in the New Testament. I have learned a great deal about this passage from Michael Lawler, and will summarize his article “The Sacrament of Marriage: Biblical Basis” in Marriage and Sacrament (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1993): 36-51 below.




20th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 19, 2018

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Father Paul Voisin

August 13, 2018

To live well and healthy physically we need to eat well, a balanced diet that fulfills all our dietary needs.  To live well and healthy spiritually we also need to eat well, and in this the Lord Jesus has given us his Body and Blood to nourish us and fulfill our spiritual needs.  His flesh is real food, and his blood real drink.




18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 5, 2018

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Father Jim Donohue

July 31, 2018

                 A common denominator in our first reading and our gospel reading is that people have a short memory and are never satisfied! In our first reading from the Book of Exodus, God has accomplished a marvelous deed of freeing Israel from Egypt, including the crossing of the Red Sea as Pharaoh’s chariots pursued the fleeing Israelites. Yet, no sooner have they began to enjoy their freedom, the Israelites begin to complain that they were better off in Egypt than to die of famine in the desert.




17th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, July 29, 2018

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Father Paul Voisin

July 24, 2018

God has the power to make something out of (what appears to be) nothing!  That is what our gospel tells us!  Jesus took only a few loaves and fish and fed the multitude of (spiritually) hungry people who came out to hear his words of wisdom.  In the First Reading Elisha the prophet also experienced this intervention of God, making something out of nothing.  We can so easily underestimate what God can do in us.  We may see ourselves as weak, vulnerable, insufficient, and poor, yet it is in that very reality that God works.  We not only need to believe in God, bu




16th Sunday In Ordinary Time - July 22, 2018

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Father Jim Valk

July 12, 2018

                As a young man, I was always inspired by the generous care that I saw embodied in the priests and brothers whom I had met.  Our family attended a parish that was ministered by Franciscan priests and brothers, my high school was staffed with many diocesan priests, and my college had Resurrectionists who served as administrators, teachers, and campus ministers.  At each stage of my life, I found that their generous service and care of others stirred something within me to want to do the same.   Later in life, I realiz




15th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, July 15, 2018

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Father Jim Donohue

July 10, 2018

           At the very beginning of his public ministry, Jesus called others to come after him so that he could make them “fishers of men and women” (Mark 1:17).  He began to teach them, and sent them out two by two, giving them authority over unclean spirits.  Mark’s gospel reports that they enjoyed great success, as the disciples “drove out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them” (Mark 6:13).




13th Sunday in Ordinary Time -Sunday, July 1, 2018

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Father Jim Valk

June 26, 2018

The readings for this Sunday stress that faith involves risk taking. On the one hand, we can read both incidents as reflections on how to pray with faith. The woman gives witness to audacious prayer, and Jairus to the value and necessity of prayer for others. In combination with the first reading, the Gospel leads us to reflect on how much our faith leads us beyond our fears.




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