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!

 

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, September 26, 2021

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Father Jim Donohue

September 23, 2021

Both the first reading from the Book of Numbers and the Gospel passage from Mark indicate that “those who are not against us, are for us.” A young man reports to Moses that Eldad and Medad are prophesying despite the fact that they had not been gathered with the 70 elders to receive some of the “spirit that was upon Moses.” Joshua (who had been with Moses from his youth) urges Moses to stop them. Similarly, James and John (who are, with Peter, in Jesus’ inner circle) complain about someone who is casting out demons in Jesus’ name.




25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, September 19, 2021

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Father Jim Valk

September 13, 2021

A wife was married to a man who was a full sized egotist. Every action was a sign of his egotism, always better than someone else. He was the greatest, at least in his own eyes. No matter what the wife would do, or would try to fix, he was # one. One day, at the circus, he decided to tell his wife that he was going to weigh himself. What a “diagnosis” he got! The machine said he was charming, intelligent, sexy, a magnetic personality. “Well,” said the egotist, “what do you think of that? It sees me as I am”.




24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, September 12, 2021

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Father Paul Voisin

September 9, 2021

Some of the words of our gospel confuse people.  How can Jesus, who is pro-life, tell people to lose their life?  Of course, Jesus is not talking about our physical, material life, but about our spiritual life.  Losing our life ‘for Christ’ means that we submit ourselves in love and humility to the will of God, and that we express this ‘loss of life’ each and every day through our sincere love and generous service.  Then we are “saving” our life – for eternal life!  Each one of us have our own journey, our own “cross”, and our own story of “following” Jesus.  W




23rd Sunday In Ordinary Time - Sunday, September 5, 2021

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August 30, 2021

Sometimes a mother will look at her new born child and she or he nurses and say: “I wish this moment would last forever that you would never change.”  However, the truth is if the mother were 89 years old still nursing the same infant for 65 years – she might feel quite different.  For some reason we all feel that if things could just stay the same things would be alright.  However, nothing could be different from the Christian central mystery.  Nothing in life is meant to stay the same.  Metanoia, transformation and conversion is the name of the game!  Those w




22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 29, 2021

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Father Paul Voisin

August 23, 2021

It was a Sunday afternoon! Only one parking spot was available on a one way street. My friend Fr. Nino was driving (Mario Andretti style) and he was confident he could get into the spot. So, he backed up perfectly, got into the space - and a whistle blew. A cop (in Bolivia) cited Fr. Nino for going in the wrong direction. Fr. Nino explained that the only way to park was to first back up (remembering it was a one way street) and then pull ahead. Right? “Wrong,” said the man, “You are going in the wrong direction, even though that was the only way to do it”.




21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 22, 2021

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Father Paul Voisin

August 13, 2021

Jesus continually revealed to His followers the truth that His heavenly Father wanted revealed.  Sometimes, His words were met with acceptance, and deeply touched the hearts of the listener(s), resulting often in a ‘change of course’ in their life.  However, other times His words were met with scorn and rejection, people turning away from Him, and leaving His company.  The disciples were constantly challenged to understand and believe.  Our First Reading also challenges us with the words, “whom do you wish to serve”.  Decisions, decisions!  To be a true followe




18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 1, 2021

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Father Jim Donohue

July 26, 2021

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. As if God would not be faithful in caring for the people who God had just saved!




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