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Gospel Reflections 2017

Saturday, 05 August 2017 23:09

Understanding our identity and mission

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 27 August 2017 (Matthew 16:13-19)

We spend much of our lives trying to measure up to other peoples’ expectations and fail to be truly ourselves. In our self-absorption, we can also misread others and fail to know them as they are, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Saturday, 05 August 2017 22:59

To restore all to well-being

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 20 August 2017 (Matthew 15:21-28)

Jesus’ horizons are expanded by the persistence and insight of the Canaanite woman and he restored to a state of well-being, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Saturday, 05 August 2017 22:21

A church battered by the waves

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 13 August 2017 (Matthew 14:22-33)

Only God can bring order out of the chaos, working through the courageous witness and action of faith-filled disciples, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Saturday, 05 August 2017 21:50

Providing life-restoring food

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 6 August 2017 (Matthew 14:13-21)

We are invited as contemporary disciples to attend to food security in our world and to address ways of eliminating poverty and hunger, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 22:03

An investment of heart and spirit

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 30 July 2017 (Matthew 13:44-52 or Matthew 13:44-46)

This week’s gospel invites us to pause and name what constitutes the real “treasure” in our lives, to know our own hearts, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 21:55

God is in the mess

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 23 July 2017 (Matthew 13:24-43)

In this gospel parable, there is a movement from small to great that communicates something about the power of God to bring abundance of life from the most insignificant beginnings, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 21:44

A measure of abundant grace

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel- 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 16 July 2017 (Matthew 13:1-23 or 13:1-9)

The grace of God’s word is there for everyone who is open to receive it, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 21:20

Entering into God’s rest

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 9 July 2017 (Matthew 11:25-30)

The “rest” that Jesus offers is freedom from any sort of enslavement, freedom to remember God’s goodness in creation, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 21:08

Taking up the cross

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-13th Sunday on Ordinary Time A, 2 July 2017 (Matthew 10:37-42)

There is deep suffering in the way of discipleship that comes from being true to the mission no matter the cost, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 12:58

To trust in God

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 25 June 2017 (Matthew 10:26-33)

Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson introduces us to the story of Najaf Mazari, an Afghani Hazara rugmaker in reflecting on this week’s gospel.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 12:52

Hungering for the bread of life

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-The Body and Blood of Christ Year A, 18 June 2017 (John 6:51-58)

Let us ground our faith in action to address the issue of global hunger and the circumstances that inhibit access to “bread” for all, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel- Trinity Sunday Year A, 11 June 2017  (John 3:16-18)

God is not a distant God, but rather a God of communion, and a God in communion with the world, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 12:17

'Peace be with you'

Reflection on the Gospel- Pentecost Sunday Year A, 4 June 2017 (Acts 2:1-11; John 20:19-23)

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150On this feast of the Holy Spirit, we might consider looking at how much of our personal and collective resources we invest in the things that make for peace, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

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. 

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