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Youth Minister's Reflections


Our youth minister, Breandán McCallister, shares reflections primarily on the Sunday readings. Here is the entire collection of past videos. 

For youth in Grades 6-12 who are interested in joining the youth ministry parents can connect with Breandán by email at bmccallister@archtoronto.org




Turning to God: 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

9 September 2021: This week we see the importance of turning to God in our sufferings. Isaiah and the psalmist both remind us that despite our suffering we can still rejoice in the Lord and praise Him. Jesus reminds us to take up our cross and follow Him. Finally, James reminds us that our faith has to be lived out in works. It's how we can help others who are suffering that we show our love for them and ultimately God.




Welcoming Others: 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

30 August 2021: This week we look at the three readings from the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time. Isaiah prophesies about the Messiah in the first reading and Jesus fulfills that prophesy in the Gospel. James reminds us that we need to be mindful of how we welcome people into our assemblies.




"Be Doers of the Word, Not Hearers Only": 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

24 August 2021: This upcoming Sunday we see Jesus criticizing the Pharisees for placing too much importance on tradition and not enough focus on the condition of their hearts. We too can get caught up in "following the rules" and forget the chance we have to love our neighbours and God. Jesus reminds us that it's what comes from the heart that ultimately defiles us and not necessarily what goes into our mouth. St. James in his epistle also takes time to remind us that we should be doers of the word instead of just hearers. If we just listen and know the Word of God then we're only going halfway. After all, the demons also know Who God is. We have to go further and turn our listening and knowing into action. We need to step out and serve the Lord and our neighbours, otherwise us being hearers of the word isn't good enough. How can we ever do all this? Simple, we turn to Jesus. Following Jesus is easy. Sometimes we just make it hard for ourselves. Let's turn to Jesus and ask for His help. "Jesus I trust in You."




"Husbands Love Your Wives": 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

20 August 2021: This week we take a look at the Ephesians 5:22-32 and John 6:51-58; 60-69. In Ephesians 5 we learn about Christ's love for the Church through the marriage of man and woman as husband and wife. In John 6 we get to the end of the Bread of Life discourse. These two readings go so well together because in John 6 Jesus is inviting us to the wedding feast and Ephesian 5 shows us how God wants to marry us. It's through our Baptism and our participation at the Mass that we can experience this wedding feast in such a profound way.




Assumption of Mary

12 August 2021: This week we take a break in our Bread of Life video series to focus on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. The Assumption celebrates Mary being brought into heaven body and soul. She is in heaven right now, watching over us and praying for us. The Assumption of Mary, like the Ascension of Jesus, brings us hope for the future when we will be united body and soul with God in heaven for eternity. This is what our future could hold. So let us reflect and ponder on the Assumption and the readings from this Sunday.




"I am the living bread.": 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

5 August 2021: This week we continue with the Gospel of John Chapter Six. Here the crowd questions what Jesus is saying. They knew Him growing up. They knew St. Joseph and Mary. So why is He claiming to be from God? Jesus responds by affirming that He is indeed from God. He continues by telling them that it is His flesh that is the living bread. In future weeks we'll look at how the crowd responds to this claim.




Bread of Life: 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

29 July 2021: After the miracle of the loaves and fish we get the beginning of the Bread of Life discourse. Over the next few weeks we will be unpacking what Jesus says about Himself being the Bread of Life. John 6 is the basis for our understanding of the Eucharist being Jesus and this will be an exciting few weeks.




Feeding the Five Thousand: 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

23 July 2021: This week we see Jesus take five loaves of bread and two fish to feed over five thousand people. How can we let Jesus use our small gifts to do great things?




Taking Time to Rest: 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

12 July 2021: When we are on mission, even in our daily lives, it is good to take time and retreat and recollect ourselves. Sometimes we need to be creative in how we do it. Other times it can be more formal on a retreat led by others. Whatever you do remember to take that time to reconnect with God in your life.




Called to Mission: 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

8 July 2021: Jesus sends His disciples off on mission to preach to the cities and villages. The disciples aren't the only ones who Jesus calls to mission. He calls each of us to be missionary disciples in our lives. Whether it be at school, work, or in our families we can be witnesses to Christ's love. Some of us may be called to go beyond our community and go on mission to other places. If we do we can have even more opportunities to build missionary disciples in other parts of our country and the world.






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