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Gospel Reflections 2017

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:50

Advent calls us to expand our horizons

SrVeronicaLawsonrsm 150Reflection on the Gospel: 2nd Sunday of Advent Year B - (Mark 1:1-8)

God’s advent demands a new mindset that will predispose us to receive the gift of God’s forgiveness and be open to feel the pain of earth as well as the pain of those rendered poor, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

SrVeronicaLawsonrsm 150Reflection on the Gospel: 1st Sunday of Advent Year B - (Mark 13:33-37)

Advent is about recognising our own tendency to be less than vigilant and even to turn away when our presence is most needed. It is about allowing the grace of God to take hold in our hearts, keeping us watchful for the sake of those on the edge and for the sake of a regenerated Earth, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson. 

Friday, 24 November 2017 11:29

Reflection for the Feast of Christ the King

SrVeronicaLawsonrsm 150Reflection for the Feast of Christ the King

Pope Pius XI established the Feast of Christ the King between the two World Wars as a means of finding a way towards global peace, but, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson, in some ways, hope for the global reign of the Prince pf Peace seems more remote than ever.

SrVeronicaLawsonrsm 150Reflection on the Gospel- 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A - (Matthew 25:14-30)

As the end of the church year approaches, the liturgy presents us with texts that invite us all to consider the big questions of life and death, including the day of reckoning that will inevitably confront each one of us, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Sunday, 12 November 2017 12:55

Ready, or not?

SrVeronicaLawsonrsm 150Reflection on the Gospel-32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A - (Matthew 25:1-13)

Sometimes in life, it matters little whether we are ready or not for certain events. Sometimes it really matters and today’s gospel parable depicts one of those situations when it is of crucial importance to be prepared, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Sunday, 05 November 2017 12:29

Gospel leadership is about authentic living

SrVeronicaLawsonrsm 150Reflection on the Gospel-31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A - (Matthew 23:1-12)

Leaders can only call their members to authentic living of their commitment if their own lives are congruent with what they profess, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 18:25

Sincerity and truth in our relationships

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 22:15-21)

This week's gospel story is more about sincerity and truth in our relationships with each other and with the God of all truth, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Monday, 25 September 2017 21:18

A share in the feast of life

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 15 October 2017 (Matthew 22:1-14)

We are in danger of turning our backs on a gracious invitation or “call” not only to share in but also to share the riches of God’s creation, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Monday, 25 September 2017 20:56

The vineyard entrusted to our care

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel- 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 8 October 2017 (Matthew 21:33-43)

Our contemporary sensibilities in relation to slavery invite a new reading of texts such as this gospel parable that critiques the power that some exercise over others, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Monday, 25 September 2017 20:47

Pursuing justice whatever the cost

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel- 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 1 October 2017 (Matthew 21:28-32)

Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson suggests that changing one’s mind can be an act of courage and humility, even heroism, particularly if it involves abandoning a self-serving direction for the sake of justice or the “common good”.

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 21:21

Human dignity and equality

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel- 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 24 September 2017 (Matthew 20:1-16a)

In today’s gospel readings, we are invited to live in ways that promote quality of life for every one of Earth’s inhabitants, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 21:12

On being merciful and forgiving

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel–24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 17 September 2017 (Matthew 18:21-35)

How do we read today’s story of a king who is prepared initially to forgive the debt that his slave has incurred, only to resort to torture when that slave fails to forgive his fellow slave, asks Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel–23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 10 September 2017 (Matthew 18:15-20) 

What does a just society or community do with its persistent offenders? Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson ponders this question in the context of this gospel.

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 3 September 2017 (Matthew 16:21-27)

We all need to rethink our choices and to reorder our priorities from time to time if we want to find life, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

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.

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