Category: Sunday Reflections

Reflection for Sunday, 12 July 2020 (Matthew 13:1-23)

Reflection on the Gospel- 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 13:1-23) -Veronica Lawson RSM Since the outbreak of Covid-19, we have necessarily distanced ourselves from others. Some of us have retreated to the natural world so that our sensitivities have sharpened and our planetary awareness has heightened. We have become more attuned to…
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Reflection for Sunday, 5 July 2020 (Matthew 11:25-30)

Reflection on the Gospel-14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 11:25-30) -Veronica Lawson RSM Today’s gospel begins with Jesus’ prayer of thanksgiving to God. The verb “to thank” in this instance has connotations of blessing. In this prayer of blessing or thanksgiving, Jesus contrasts those who consider themselves wise and intelligent with the truly…
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Reflection for Sunday, 28 June 2020 (Matthew 10:37-42)

Reflection on the Gospel-13th Sunday on Ordinary Time A (Matthew 10:37-42) -Veronica Lawson RSM What price are we prepared to pay to create a just, equitable and healthy planetary community? That question is at the heart of today’s gospel reading. That was, in essence, the question that Jesus of Nazareth put to his disciples and…
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Reflection for Sunday, 21 June 2020 (Matthew 10:26-33)

Reflection on the Gospel-12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 10:26-33) -Veronica Lawson RSM Many of those who once looked through the barbed-wire fences of Australia’s detention centres carry personal stories of fear of persecution. One such story, the story of Najaf Mazari, is beautifully narrated by Najaf and Robert Hillman in their joint…
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Reflection for Sunday, 14 June 2020 (John 6:51-58)

Reflection on the Gospel-Body and Blood of Christ Year A (John 6:51-58) -Veronica Lawson RSM Bread is staple food for much of the world’s population. It is also a metaphor for the food that sustains the life of the human community. Being able to “put bread on the table” is the most basic of desires.…
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Reflection for Sunday, 7 June 2020 (John 3:16-18)

Reflection on the Gospel- Trinity Sunday Year A -Veronica Lawson RSM “She has gone to God and God is very near”. Some dear friends of mine chose these words for the cover of their mother’s funeral booklet. Their choice of words demonstrates their faith in God of whom John writes in today’s gospel. For them,…
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Reflection for Sunday May 31, 2020

Reflection on the Gospel- Pentecost Sunday Year A, (Acts 2:1-11; John 20:19-23) By Veronica Lawson, RSM Pentecost Sunday is often called the birthday of the Church. The earth itself features powerfully in the imagery associated with this feast: harvest, mountain, earthquake, thunder, fire. For the ancient Israelites, Pentecost (meaning ‘fiftieth’) was a harvest festival celebrated…
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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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