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!

 

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 30, 2020

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Father Fred Scinto

August 25, 2020

 

Each and all of us feel important and so no one wants to be alone.  All of us want to belong.  Our human nature is not so much personal as it is collective.  Today’s Scriptural readings and statements push this idea.  “Fear is exclusive. Belonging is inclusive.”  (Anthony Chezzi, commentary in Living with Christ missalette for this Sunday).

 




20th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 16, 2020

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Father Jim Donohue

August 11, 2020

“And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came out and called to him….” Matthew is clear in identifying this woman as a Canaanite. Remember, these were the people who inhabited the Promised Land as Israel crossed the Jordan River under the leadership of Joshua. They were the people who stood in the way of their promised future. They were the ones who Israel was called to dispossess. They were the hated enemies of Israel.




18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, August 2, 2020

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Father Paul Voisin

July 27, 2020

The multiplication of the loaves and fishes reminds us that Jesus can make something out of nothing.  As God-made-man He had the power to multiply these elements to feed the multitude of people who had followed him to a deserted place, and now were experiencing hunger.  Perhaps sometimes we too feel like we have nothing to offer, only a few loaves and fishes (for so many).  However, through the blessing of God and His grace we can use well that which we have and are – whether we think it is a little or a lot – and offer it in gratitude to Him, and to share with others. 




16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, July 19, 2020

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Father Fred Scinto

July 16, 2020

As I write this, I am in the earlier part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere where the Pandemic continues its devastation; this pandemic is devastating the whole word!  A really good introduction to this Sunday’s Mass celebration can be found in the missalette, Living with Christ (July 2020), and in the Sunday Missal 2019-2020, both put out by Novalis.  The reflection is written by Father Mark Miller, C.Ss.R.




15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, July 12, 2020

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Father Paul Voisin

July 6, 2020

Jesus used images in His parables that were universal and eternal, that speak to all people at all times.  The parable of the sower is a rich one, and reminds us that we are to bear fruit of the kingdom of God.  We can probably all relate to the four ambiances that Jesus introduces in the parable.  There may have been times in our lives that we were that seed, in that environment.  We know that we did not grow and develop in our life with God.  We know that the Word and the grace of God may have been temporarily wasted on us at that time.  Naturally, Jesus is c




14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, July 5, 2020

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Father Jim Donohue

June 23, 2020

Jesus’ criticism of the religious authorities for laying heavy burdens upon the people (Mt 23:4) “without lifting a finger to help them,” provides the contrast for our Gospel reading today. In the time of Matthew’s predominantly Jewish community, people are being faced with a choice of following the religious authorities and their rigorous interpretation of the Law, or of following Jesus who offers them “rest.” This “rest” is not the absence of work or activity.




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