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!

 

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

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Father Paul Voisin

June 19, 2022

The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi, gives us an opportunity to reflect on what this great Sacrament means in the life of each of us. In this Sacrament Jesus shares His life with us, as we receive His Body and Blood. His power has transformed the bread and wine, and it now is a source of spiritual and eternal life for us. Through this miraculous Sacrament, He takes up residence in us, making His ‘home’ in us. What a beautiful and reassuring image of that intimate relationship with Jesus through His Body and Blood.




Trinity Sunday

Rita Bailey

June 12, 2022

The idea of the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, is central to our faith. Every time we make the Sign of the Cross, we are reminding ourselves of our belief in a Trinitarian God.
Despite this, most of us scarcely understand this triune God. We can conjure up an image of God the Father, the Creator, from the Old Testament and from the beauty of creation around us. Jesus is a familiar figure from the gospel stories we hear every Sunday. We can also see Him is the face of those we meet every day.




Pentecost Sunday

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Father Paul Voisin

June 5, 2022

In our Baptism, and again in our Confirmation, we have received the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is not only to be a source of sanctification for us, but to empower us to share our life in Christ with others. Like the disciples, we too are “sent”. This sense of mission should enliven us to fulfil this mandate of Jesus. For this mission God gives us a multitude of grace and blessings, gifts and charisms, to share. The multitude of languages that the Spirit bestowed upon the disciples was only one of the gifts.




Ascension of the Lord

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Father Jim Donohue

May 29, 2022

With his two brief accounts of the Ascension (in the Gospel and in Acts), Luke remains our main source of information about Jesus’ Ascension to heaven. What is striking here is that the passage speaks more about the disciples—their fears, their questions and their mission—than about Jesus himself. Throughout the resurrection narratives, Jesus has helped the disciples to understand the story of Jesus within the larger story of salvation history.




Sixth Sunday of Easter

Dee Sproule

May 22, 2022

Ardor...zeal...enthusiasm!  All words that are often used to describe the start of a project or mission. We transition from the sombre, reflective season of Lent and burst into the jubilation of the Easter season! Easter disappears from stores immediately following Easter Sunday as the Easter bunnies make their way for swim goggles and air mattresses. We, however, have a lengthy time to revel in this season and the sense of new life within ourselves, which is breathtakingly reflected in God's creation as new growth abounds.




5th Sunday of Easter

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Father Paul Voisin

May 15, 2022

With five words in today's gospel, Jesus has 'raised the bar' in relation to what love looks like. Jesus tells us that we are to love "as I have loved you." His love is unconditional, merciful, generous, and is a free gift. In comparison, in our human condition, our love may not always reflect these divine qualities. In the resurrection of Jesus we believe, as reflected in the book of Revelation today, that God is "making the whole creation new." God's love is always capable of forming, reforming, and transforming.




4th Sunday of Easter

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Father Paul Voisin

May 8, 2022

The Lord Jesus is our Shepherd. He leads and guides us. He protects us and cares fr us in our need. However, this leadership depends following the shepherd, beginning with listening to the voice of the shepherd. Jesus says that those who belong to him "listen to his voice." This may sound easy but it is a challenge. Our independence and thought that 'we know better' are obstacles to this listening. Jesus possesses all truth, and expresses unconditional love. If we listen to him, he will give us that quality of life, as we follow our shepherd.




3rd Sunday of Easter

Bob Sproule

May 1, 2022

The first reading for the third Sunday of Easter is from the Acts. The apostles are brought before the Sandedrin and chastised for teaching in Jesus' name. Peter's reply includes "We must obey God rather than men." Their behaviour has changed dramatically from thre time of Jesus' passion to his resurrection. How has our behaviour changed from the time of Lent to now? Certainly for me, making faith a priority thyrough the allocation of time and various forms of devotion was not an issue during Lent. But now, it is far too easy to slide back into pre-Lent behaviours.




2nd Sunday of Easter - Sunday, April 24, 2022

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Father Paul Voisin

April 18, 2022

We may be struck by the audacity of Thomas in this gospel, as he sets down conditions to believe that Jesus has risen.  Imagine, the testimony of friends with whom he has walked for three years was not enough!  And then Jesus does appear to the apostles, when Thomas is present, and Jesus fulfils what Thomas asked.  Despite how we feel about Thomas, sometimes we do the same:  we set down conditions to believe that Jesus has risen, that God loves us, and that He is with us.  Sometimes we, too, fail to accept the testimony of others.  Jesus is in our midst, but so




Easter Sunday - Sunday, April 17, 2022

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Father Jim Donohue

April 12, 2022

Throughout his ministry, Jesus has followed God’s will to offer forgiveness, compassion, reconciliation, and healing to all whom he meets—especially those, who in the eyes of the world deserve it the least.  But this is who Jesus has come for: the least, the little, the last, the lost, and the dead.  As Jesus ministered this way in word and deed, he proclaimed that we are all God’s children, deserving of love.  No one is excluded.  No one.




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