Category: Sunday Reflections

Reflection for Sunday, 27 of September 2020

Reflection on the Gospel-26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 21:28-32) -Veronica Lawson RSM As we celebrate the fourth week in the Season of Creation, we might ponder again the ways in which Earth cares for us. Vineyards have provided nourishment for countless families in the ancient Mediterranean world since about 10,000 BCE. It…
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Reflection for Sunday, 20th of September 2020

Reflection on the Gospel-25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 20:1-16a) -Veronica Lawson RSM From 1973 to 1975, East Jerusalem was my home. Early each morning, I crossed the road from the Chaldean Patriarchate to the Ecole Biblique Archéologique Française. I would greet the Palestinian day labourers lined up beside their vehicles, waiting for…
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Reflection for Sunday 30 August 2020

Reflection on the Gospel-22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 16:21-27) -Veronica Lawson RSM We all know people in leadership who take themselves a bit too seriously. Some confuse their role or title with their significance in the scheme of things. Some look for privilege and an easy life, forgetting that leadership of anything…
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Reflection for Sunday the 23rd of August, 2020

Reflection on the Gospel-21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 16:13-19) By Veronica Lawson RSM “Be yourself. Everybody else is taken”, sings Melinda Schneider. The lyrics of this song, composed for Melinda’s dying father, affirm some fairly obvious truths. Even though we know that “everybody else is taken”, most of us spend energy trying…
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Reflection for Sunday, 16 August 2020

Reflection on the Gospel-20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 15:21-28) -Veronica Lawson RSM The gospels are written in Greek and much of the language of the gospels has to be understood against a Greek philosophical background. Today’s gospel story culminates in the healing of a “daughter” who may be a little girl or…
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Sunday Reflection for August 9th, 2020

Reflection on the Gospel-19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 14:22-33) -Veronica Lawson RSM Right now, our planet is battered by the waves of pandemic. Our church also knows what it means to be “battered by the waves”. Over its two millennia history, there have been periods of discrimination and persecution against its members.…
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Sunday Reflection 2 August, 2020

Reflection on the Gospel-18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 14:13-21) -Veronica Lawson RSM According to the most recent International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRI) Report, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below ten percent of the global population for the first time in history, down from nineteen per cent…
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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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