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Gospel Reflections 2017

Monday, 01 May 2017 15:51

Transformed by loss

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel- Feast of the Ascension Year A, 28 May 2017 (Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 28:16-20)

This week’s gospel invites us once more to ponder the wonder of Emmanuel, God-with-us, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Monday, 01 May 2017 15:41

Laying down our lives for others

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel - Easter 6A, 21 May 2017 (John 14:15-21)

Most of us will never find ourselves in a situation where we have to die for another. Yet we are constantly called on to put the well-being of others before our own comfort, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel - Easter 5A, 14 May 2017 (John 14:1-14)

There is a difference between having worries and a troubled heart. It lies in how we deal with the problems and challenges that come our way, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Monday, 01 May 2017 14:37

Led into nourishing pastures

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel- Easter 4A, 7 May 2017 (John 10:1-10)

Jesus is both the gate to the sheepfold and the shepherd of the flock. This week we are invited both to vigilance and gratitude, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 13:00

Opening our lives to strangers

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel - Easter 3A (Luke 24:13-35), 30 April 2017

Extraordinary things can happen to those who are hospitable enough to “break bread” with “foreigners” in whom they do not immediately recognise God’s presence, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 12:40

Belief and trust takes time

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-Easter 2A, 23 April 2017 (John 20:19-31)

The liturgical readings and prayers for each Sunday between Easter and Pentecost invite us into different movements of the one great symphony of resurrection faith, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 11:57

Chairete: rejoice!

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-Easter Sunday Year A, 16 April 2017 (Matthew 28:1-10)

The first appearance of the resurrected One draws from the women a profoundly reverential response, an action foreshadowed by the courageous but doubly marginalised Canaanite woman, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 12:31

A reversal of death and injustice

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-Passion Sunday Year A, 9 April 2017 (Matthew 26:14-27:66)

For Jesus’ friends and followers, every element of the ancient story of God’s deliverance of their ancestors from slavery, resonates with echoes of the experience of Jesus who is now present to them in a new way, writes Sr Veronica Lawson rsm.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:27

‘I am the resurrection and the life’

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-5th Sunday of Lent Year A, 2 April 2017 (John 11:1-45)

In the Lazarus story, Martha and Mary are the characters who, with Jesus, occupy centre stage in the narrative and into whose faith journey we are invited to enter, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Thursday, 23 February 2017 14:39

The blind come to see

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-4th Sunday of Lent Year A, 26 March 2017 (John 9:1-41)

This story reminds us of the need to check out our assumptions and to accept the fact that we can be wrong about things we have always believed, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Thursday, 23 February 2017 12:54

Listening to the lives of others

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-Third Sunday of Lent Year A, 19 March 2017 (John 4:5-42)

Three weeks into Lent, the liturgy invites us to take a faith journey in the company of a courageous outsider, an unnamed woman from a despised religious group, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Thursday, 23 February 2017 12:42

On the mountain top

Reflection on the Gospel-Second Sunday of Lent Year A, 12 March 2017 (Matthew 17:1-9)

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150In the transfiguration we get a glimpse of God’s glory shining on his face and penetrating even his clothing, a hint that God’s grace is more life-giving than the forces of violence that oppose God’s reign, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Thursday, 23 February 2017 12:27

Into the wilderness

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-First Sunday of Lent Year A, 5 March 2017 (Matthew 4:1-11)

Lent calls us to reject the path of domination or greed or status so that, like Jesus, we may be truly “of God”, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:05

How not to be anxious

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel- Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 26 February 2017 (Matthew 6:24-34)

The challenge is to live in the present, in right relationship and connection with the whole Earth community and to trust in the goodness and providence of God, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 14:54

On anger and retaliation

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 19 February 2017 (Matthew 5:38-48)

Today’s gospel is a continuation of Jesus’ teaching on the sort of righteousness, the right relationship and justice, to which his followers are called in their living of the Law, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson. 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 14:32

Understanding the righteousness of Jesus

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 12 February 2017 (Matthew 5:17-37)

Fulfilling the law is a question of “righteousness”. The Greek term for righteousness, dikaiosunē, translates to both the Hebrew sedeqah meaning “right relationship” and mishpat meaning “justice”, writes scripture scholar Sister Veronica Lawson rsm. 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 14:19

Standing strong in the face of persecution

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 5 February 2017 (Matthew 5:13-16)

In the original Greek, Jesus is telling his audience that they are the salt of the earth, affirming their worth, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm. 

Friday, 30 December 2016 15:23

Where God’s favour rests

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 29 January 2017 (Matthew 5:1-12)

Heaven is better understood as a way of talking about God’s empire of justice and compassion in contrast with the heartless empire of Rome and its modern equivalents, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Friday, 30 December 2016 15:14

Shine your light

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel- Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 22 January 2017 (Matthew 4:12-23)

We are all invited to turn our lives around and to live out the pattern of Jesus’ life, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Friday, 30 December 2016 14:54

Strength in vulnerability

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 15 January 2017 (John 1:29-34)

The work of the one strong enough to risk vulnerability so that others may have life is never done, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson. 

Friday, 30 December 2016 14:43

The invitation of the Epiphany

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel– Feast of the Epiphany Year A, 8 January 2017 (Matthew 2:1-12)

We are called to be among the wise ones, to join with those of different cultures, to engage in our own search for Wisdom, and to follow the star that leads to truth and lasting peace, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Friday, 30 December 2016 14:19

Mary, the God-Bearer

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, 1 January 2017 (Luke 2:16-21)

Luke presents Mary as a grace-filled woman forever pondering the mysterious ways of God and we are called to do the same, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

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