Sunday Reflections

4th Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 18, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

December 13, 2016

                During the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, Elizabeth cries out, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled” (Lk 1:45).  Indeed, Mary walked with great courage, trusting that God would bring about God’s plan in an unprecedented and marvelous way.  Although God’s plan seemed unfathomable to Mary, she trusted that if she cooperated with God, God would be able to do great things with her.  One could say the same thing ab




3rd Sunday of Advent - December 11, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

December 5, 2016

On this Third Sunday of Advent we meet John the Baptist, a figure central to the mission of Jesus.  He was  the "messenger" to "prepare the way" for Jesus.  John knew who he was, and what his role and position was in the history of salvation.  He knew that he was not 'Number One', and that was fine with him.  Jesus would be 'Number One', and John would present him to the world, fulfilling the prophecies of the Old Testament.  His life, message, and mission fulfilled these prophecies, and led the people to Jesus and his life,




2nd Sunday In Advent - Do You Hear What I Hear? - Sunday, December 4, 2016

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Father Jim Valk

December 4, 2016

It was at a Garden Party. The three widows were sitting at a table, gabbing away.  An older man came near and asked if he could join them.  Yes, they all said yes at once.  The ladies hadn’t seen this man before and the questions flew, fast and thick.  Finally, one lady asked him where he had been.  He had just come from prison, after 15 years.  This was exciting!  Where was he coming from?  He had been in prison all that time.  What had he done? He had killed his wife.  Two of the ladies gasped. What to do?




Feast of Christ the King - Sunday, November 20, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

November 14, 2016

We all have certain images and expectations about royalty, created by our own exposure to them through the media.  The gospel of today, this Feast of Christ the King, does not present us with an image of what we expect associated with royalty.  Jesus is suffering on the cross.  Through his death and resurrection this cross has become his throne.  For this cross he rules and leads us.  First of all, as we come to an end of the 'Year of Mercy', he shows us the power of forgiveness as a sign of his divine and royal nature.  Let us imitate him in our mercy




33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Faith in the Ruins - Hope, Sunday, November 13, 2016

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Father Jim Valk

November 11, 2016

A man had a nightmare! Ruins of his life were all over! What do to?  The man dreamt that he was to go to a certain bridge and there to dig into the earth. And there he would find a solution to his problems.  All was not in ruins! All was not lost!  His wife said “GO.” She had a vision of what he would find.  All the digging resulted in nothing.  At the same time his wife called him – “Come home.  The treasure is here, under the fireplace”.  His answer was to go home, not away.  And so it was!




31st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, October 30th, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

October 24, 2016

This gospel is familiar to us.  The person of Zacchaeus was the most unlikely host for supper for Jesus and his disciples as they passed through Jericho.  Yet Jesus chose this public sinner, a tax collector, to be his host, much to the surprise of Zacchaeus.  That dinner invitation changed his life, and Zacchaeus, moved by the person and preaching of Jesus repented of his sin and promised to make amends  That same Jesus comes to us and 'dines' with us (in the Eucharist), so that we too might have new life and turn from our sinful ways.  Let us not delay, but




30th Sunday In Ordinary Time - "O Lord it is Hard to Be Humble" - Sunday, October 23, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

October 19, 2016

Reading Jesus’s parable about the Pharisee and the tax collector reminded me of an old signature song of Tom Jones that includes the words, “O Lord, it is hard to be humble when you are perfect in every way.”  The Pharisee, although he probably would not admit this, seems to be laying out all his goodness before God.  In the face of this, what can God do but love him….after all he has “earned” or “deserved” or “merited” this love based upon all his good works! 




29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Our Part in Persistence, Sunday, October 16, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

October 12, 2016

                The Constitutions of the Congregation of the Resurrection begin with the acknowledgment that “God loves each of us with a personal, unconditional love.”  A few sentences later, the Constitutions insist that a “life-long process is involved in our coming to know God’s unconditional love for each of us as the most fundamental fact of our lives.”  The gospel this Sunday might suggest that this life-long process will take much persistence on our pa




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