Sunday Reflections

Easter Sunday - HE IS RISEN-THERE IS HOPE-BE JOYFUL - Sunday, March 27, 2016

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Father Jim Valk

March 22, 2016

EASTER SUNDAY- REJOICE AND BE GLAD

Juanita was a lovely Indian lady suffering from a crippling and painful illness. I would visit her in her little adobe house each morning when I would take her communion. And she would ask the same question each day: “Padre, is there a Resurrection? Tell me the truth”. “Yes Juanita, and he is here with us”. Strange - when I or others left her presence we were the ones who believed even more because of her. She was a visible sign of the Resurrection for us.




Passion (Palm) Sunday - Sunday, March 20, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

March 15, 2016

Our first reading is the third of four passages that are referred to as the “suffering servant songs” in Isaiah.  This reading highlights for Christians that Jesus is like this suffering servant. He has proclaimed God’s Good News in his words and in his deeds—especially in ways that would sustain and heal the weary and downtrodden. Indeed, it is Jesus’ constant attention to the marginalized and sinners that has provoked controversy early in the gospels. “Who but God alone can forgive sins”?




5th Sunday of Lent - Sinners One and All - Sunday, March 13, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

March 7, 2016

The dramatic Gospel for this Fifth Sunday of Lent arouses a lot of emotion in many people.  Many relate to the self-righteousness of the crowd, pointing the finger at a sinner caught in a public sin - and with a public consequence.  Others relate to the adulterous woman, judged and convicted before others.  Yet, others, in humility, relate to the crowd who began to disperse one-by-one "beginning with the elders".  However, can we all relate to that woman, forgiven by Jesus the Lord? 




4th Sunday of Lent - Mercy- A Gift of Love - Sunday, March 6, 2016

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Father Jim Valk

March 3, 2016

MERCY- A GIFT OF LOVE

A man went in haste to a flower shop. He asked for a dozen red roses for his wife. The owner asked him if wanted them wrapped- yes he did. Did he want to include a card- no, he did not. Was it her birthday. Again, no. Well was it an anniversary? No! As the man went out the door the clerk shouted out- I hope she forgives you.  What a gift it is to be forgiven!




3rd Sunday of Lent - “Being Set Free from the Captivity of Sin” - Sunday, February 28, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

February 23, 2016

Usually the link between the first reading and the gospel reading is apparent.   However, this Sunday we may have to look more closely; but once we see the link, we will hear news of great joy!  The first reading from the Book of Exodus contains the well-known story of God speaking to Moses in the burning bush, giving him instructions to go to Egypt and to tell Pharaoh to set the Israelites free.  The Gospel from Luke is a call by Jesus to the repentance of sins. 




2nd Sunday of Lent, Lights, Camera, Action! - Sunday, February 21,2016

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Father Paul Voisin

February 16, 2016

When I hear this Gospel of the Transfiguration of Jesus, I cannot help but think that the famous director Cecil B. DeMille would have written it very differently.   Such a sensational vision for Peter, John and James on the mountain - the blazing light, and the presence of Moses and Elijah with Jesus - and the only words that the Father can give are "This is my chosen Son; listen to him"?  They are almost the same as those at the Baptism of the Lord, with only the "listen to him" added.  Although Cecil B.




1st Sunday of Lent - Begone Satan Wiles - Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Father Jim Valk

February 9, 2016

Some time ago, I was listening quietly at the back of a Grade Two art and religion class. There was a little fellow in front of me, holding a small jar of ink. As he looked around he saw a little blond-haired girl with pig-tails in front of him. The little guy held the ink up to the girl’s hair. I coughed quietly and he turned around to see me watching him. His response to the “crime” was to say, “I’m sorry Father, it was the devil who made me do it”. Right!




5th Sunday in Ordinary Time - “We Are Sinners. Yet, God Continues to Call Us.” - February 7, 2016

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Father Jim Donohue

February 3, 2016

The Charism Statement of the Congregation of the Resurrection attests to our belief that God’s love for us is merciful and unfailing.  Further, the Charism Statement reminds us that we have not earned God’s love and that, in fact, we are sinners.  And yet, “God continues to draw us to Godself.”  This experience of knowing our sinfulness in the midst of God’s love and the experience that God calls us even in the midst of our sinfulness is one that is shared by three people in our readings today. 




4th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Prophets Needed! - Sunday, January 31, 2016

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Father Paul Voisin

January 26, 2016

Jesus shared in the prophetic ministry of many women and men we encounter in the Old Testament.  They were called by God and inspired to speak in the name of God.  They brought Good News - that God loved them, that they were "his people", and that he had a plan for them.  However, they also brought 'Bad News' - calling them to conversion and a change of heart to truly be "his people".  Jesus was not spared the rejection of other prophets, even leading to their death.             &nbsp




3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Beyond the Pew - Sunday, January 24, 2016

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Father Jim Valk

January 20, 2016

A little boy was sitting on a park bench. Nearby was an elderly lady. It was noon hour. The little lad asked the lady if she would like a piece of his chocolate bar and so they shared their “lunch”. Off they went, with a smile. When the lady got home her daughter asked Mom why she was smiling? She said that she had met God that day- and he was so young. At the same time the little lad got home, also smiling. Why was he smiling- he had met God that day and he was a lady. What a meeting!




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