Category: Sunday Reflections

Reflection for Sunday, May 24th 2020 (Matthew 28: 16-20)

Reflection on the Gospel- Feast of the Ascension Year A, (Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 28:16-20) By Veronica Lawson, RSM Loss is part of the human experience and death is generally the most painful experience of loss. As the death toll from Covid-19 approaches 300,000, we become more and more conscious of loss as a global reality.…
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17 May 2020 – Reflection on the Gospel – Easter 6A (John 14:15-21)

by Veronica Lawson, RSM Those who defend themselves in court run the risk of being outsmarted by clever and sometimes unscrupulous adversaries. It is never a good idea to be too self-reliant even in a country with a basically sound legal system such as ours. Today’s gospel implies that the disciples need a defense attorney…
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10 May 2020 – Reflection on the Gospel – Easter 5A (John 14:1-14)

by Veronica Lawson, RSM “Take from my heart all painful anxiety” is a gospel inspired prayer. It is the prayer of Catherine McAuley, the first Sister of Mercy. Like Jesus, Catherine knew in her being that a troubled heart is an ever present possibility. When we don’t have any serious concerns in the present, we…
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3 May 2020 – Reflection on the Gospel- Easter 4A (John 10:1-10)

by Veronica Lawson, RSM Sheep were domesticated in Palestine some eight thousand years ago. In biblical times, shepherds would lead their sheep out to graze by day and bring them by night to a communal enclosure or sheepfold, the entrance to which was guarded by a gatekeeper. Shepherds knew their sheep and their sheep knew…
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26 April, 2020 – Reflection on the Gospel – Easter 3A (Luke 24:13-35)

By Veronica Lawson, RSM Extraordinary things can happen if we open ourselves to the presence of a stranger on life’s journey. That seems to be a key element in today’s gospel passage from the well-known and well-loved Emmaus story. Imagine two dejected disciples (Cleopas and possibly his wife) on Easter Day, on the road back…
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Sunday, 12 April 2020: Reflection on the Gospel, Easter Sunday Year A (Matthew 28:1-10)

By Veronica Lawson, RSM. Easter invites us to celebrate life in its fullest sense. It is anything but easy to celebrate life, however, when tens of thousands in the Earth community are facing death, when hundreds of thousands are ill and countless others are struggling to put food on their tables. Resurrection faith calls us…
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9 April, 2020: A meditation for Holy Thursday

By Veronica Lawson, RSM Earlier this week, I took time to read again Irish poet Brendan Kennelly’s version of The Trojan Women. The words of the sea god Poseidon in the opening soliloquy keep coming back to me.  Poseidon is looking at the devastated city of Troy. He muses, “Freedom is like health. You don’t…
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Sunday April 5, 2020: Passion Sunday (Year A)

A message from Veronica Lawson, RSM: Dear All, Given the rapidly changing world scene, I have decided to prepare only two reflections at a time. I want to bring whatever is happening in our Earth community into dialogue with God’s Word. We may be living a very different reality in two weeks’ time. Hence the…
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Sunday 29 March, 2020: Reflection on the Gospel-5th Sunday of Lent Year A (John 11:1-45)

By Veronica Lawson, RSM. Today’s readings touch into the most profound of mysteries, the mysteries of life and death. To hold a new born child or to see the sick restored to health is to experience the wonder of life. On the other hand, an unexpected death can bring unimagined grief and pain. The recent…
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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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