Author: Bernard Holland

Sunday 22 March 2020: Reflection on the Gospel-4th Sunday of Lent Year A (John 9:1-41)

Veronica Lawson RSM              Last week, we journeyed with the woman of Samaria from bewilderment to deep insight into Jesus’ identity and mission and to a strong personal faith commitment. This week, we are invited on a faith journey with a man born blind and with the varying groups of participants in the drama. All…
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Sunday March 15, 2020: Reflection on the Gospel-3rd Sunday of Lent Year A (John 4:5-42)

-Veronica Lawson RSM Those privileged to act as catechists in the RCIA program over the Lenten period will be introducing candidates to some of our most treasured gospel stories. In 1963, Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy called for the restoration of certain early Church practices. The two main features of Lent, baptism and…
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Sunday 8 March, 2020: Reflection on the Gospel-2nd Sunday of Lent Year A (Matthew 17:1-9)

-Veronica Lawson RSM Last week’s gospel invited us into a confronting habitat, namely the wilderness. This week, we follow Jesus and three of his companions to a high mountain, eventually a cloud-covered mountain. Both wilderness and mountain link Matthew’s story of Jesus with the story of the Israelites of old. Wilderness and mountain also remind…
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Sunday 1 March, 2020: Reflection on the Gospel-1st Sunday of Lent Year A (Matthew 4:1-11)

-Veronica Lawson RSM Lent is a time of preparation for Easter. It is also a time to enter into the “wilderness” and grapple with the mysteries of life in Christ. It presents us with a challenge to take stock of our lives, to see more clearly what is in our hearts and to discover what…
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Sunday 23 February 2020: Reflection on the Gospel-7th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 5:38-48)

Today’s gospel is a continuation of the Matthean Jesus’ teaching on the sort of righteousness, the right relationship and justice, to which his followers are called in their living of the Law. The Law of Moses included a law of retaliation designed to make punishment for wrongdoing to persons or property proportionate to the offence…
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Sunday 16 February 2020: Reflection on the Gospel-6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 5:17-37)

By Veronica Lawson, RSM We sometimes forget that Jesus was a faithful Jew who observed the Law handed down within Israel from generation to generation. Today’s gospel is from Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus, the faithful Jewish teacher, addresses his Jewish disciples and the Jewish crowds who gather to hear his words.…
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Sunday 9 February 2020: Reflection on the Gospel-5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 5:13-16)

By Veronica Lawson, RSM In today’s gospel, Jesus addresses two short parables to his disciples in the presence of the crowds. The crowds as well as the disciples hear what he has to say. Parables were intended to tease their hearers, inviting them to see things differently or from a new perspective, to see themselves…
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February 2, 2020: Reflection on the Gospel-Presentation in the Temple Year A (Luke 2:22-40)

Veronica Lawson, RSM This year the Feast of the Presentation falls on a Sunday and takes precedence over the celebration of the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. We might ask why this feast is of such importance in the liturgical calendar. Between the story of Jesus’ birth and the beginning of his ministry, Luke inserts…
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CATHOLIC EARTHCARE AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS PROPOSED CLIMATE CHANGE BILL

Official Media Release14 January 2020 Catholic Earthcare Australia, an ecological agency established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, gives ‘in principle’ support to a Private members Bill on a (Climate Change) National Framework for Adaptation and Action. Zali Steggall, the member for Warringah, is submitting a private members Bill to parliament to galvanise action around…
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