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News and Reflections for the Year of Mercy

Gospel Reflections 2015

Thursday, 26 November 2015 12:37

A time to focus on family

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-Feast of the Holy Family Year C, 27 December 2015 (Luke 2:41-52)

Today’s readings invite us to focus on family relationships and the gospel foreshadows the pain involved in parenting, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Thursday, 26 November 2015 12:21

Making God’s blessing on earth a reality

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-4th Sunday of Advent Year C, 20 December 2015 (Luke 1:39-44)

Advent is a time to ponder the various ways that God sustains life in its diverse forms and to become householders, like Elizabeth, who clear the paths and open our doors for the God of life to enter in, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Thursday, 26 November 2015 12:04

Ethical demands in this time of waiting

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-3rd Sunday of Advent Year C, 13 December 2015 0(Luke 3:10-18)

On Gaudete Sunday, the invitation to rejoice remains part of the Advent liturgy as we wait, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:50

Bringing God's mercy to the world

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-2nd Sunday of Advent Year C, 6 December 2015 (Luke 3:1-6)

If we take seriously the call to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we shall surely search for ways to heal the broken relationships with each other and our ailing planet, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 10:42

Heralding a new experience of God in the world

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-1st Sunday of Advent Year C, 29 November 2015 (Luke 21:25-28, 34-36)

This week’s gospel readings may seem strange only if we take the descriptions literally and focus on the old rather than the new that is forever breaking into the world, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 10:32

A kingdom for the sake of truth and life

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-Feast of Christ the King, Year B, 22 November 2015 (John 18:33-37)

When Jesus tells Pilate that his kingdom is not of this world, he is not pitting planet Earth or the cosmos against a purely spiritual world. He is referring rather to the world and values of the Roman Empire and the destructive values that are espoused by his followers, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 10:17

A message for a time of distress

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 15 November 2015 (Mark 13:24-32)

This week’s readings may remind us that the unravelling of God’s work is more than a poetic image in our times, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 10:07

Stories of gospel foolishness

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 8 November 2015 (Mark 12:38-44)

It is easy enough to be taken in by the posturing of those who present as superior and who look for status recognition. It is also easy to miss the goodness of those on the edge even if it is happening before our very eyes.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 09:55

Where God’s favour rests

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel- Feast of All Saints Year B, 1 November 2015 (Matthew 5:1-12)

Maybe the greatest blessing of this feast is on those who mourn the plight of our planet, the uneven access to Earth’s precious resources and the resort to arms in the face of conflict, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 25 October 2015 (Mark 10:46-52)

We can find some reflection of ourselves in all the characters in today’s story of Bartimaeus calling out to Jesus from the roadside, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Friday, 02 October 2015 10:14

Not to be served, but to serve

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 18 october 2015 (Mark 10:35-45)

Jesus’ way is not the way of status or entitlement and that the call to discipleship has nothing to do with privilege but more to do with enduring the suffering associated mission and setting others free to be their best selves, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Friday, 02 October 2015 10:09

On hard work, wealth, luck and sharing

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 11 October 2015 (Mark 10:17-30)

Jesus adds a commandment that is not actually numbered among the “ten” but is to be found in an Essene document from Qumran: “You shall not defraud”. This prepares the way for what follows in this gospel story, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Friday, 02 October 2015 09:53

Inclusion into the circle of love

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 4 October 2015 (Mark 10:2-16)

The embrace of the community is needed in a very particular way for everyone affected by divorce especially the children, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Friday, 04 September 2015 10:46

Keeping children safe

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 27 September 2015 (Mark 9:38-48)

There is no stronger condemnation in the gospels that are reserved for those who bring harm to children and to vulnerable others. We are impelled to do everything in our power to heal the hurts of the past and to create conditions that ensure the protection and safety of our children, writes Sister Veronica M. Lawson rsm.

Friday, 04 September 2015 10:37

Solidarity with the defenceless

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 20 September 2015 (Mark 9:30-37)

Gospel leadership resides, not in privilege, but in the welcome offered to those whose voices are rarely heard and whose needs are frequently ignored, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Friday, 04 September 2015 10:22

To know and follow Jesus

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 13 September 2015 (Mark 8:27-35)

If we fail to understand who Jesus is, then we have little chance of understanding the nature of our own call to follow him. In our times, to know and follow Jesus as the Christos or Messiah is to seek and support more moderate and lasting responses to perceived injustice, writes Sister Veronica M. Lawson rsm.

Friday, 04 September 2015 09:25

Healing for all

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 6 September 2015 (Mark 7:31-37)

Relief from any hearing impairment offers far more than physical healing. It brings insertion into the life of family and community and workplace. It opens up new horizons and unimagined possibilities, writes Mercy sister Veronica Lawson.

Monday, 20 July 2015 14:21

Create in me a clean heart

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 30 August 2015 (Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23)

One’s thoughts, desires, and intentions render one clean or unclean rather than one’s attention to hygiene, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Monday, 20 July 2015 14:13

"You have the words of eternal life"

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 23 August 2015 (John 6:60-69)

If we have trouble understanding and coming to terms with some of the teachings of Jesus in the gospel, then we can take some comfort from the reaction of the disciples in today’s gospel, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Monday, 20 July 2015 12:05

Sharing in the banquet of life

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospels-20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 16 August 2015 (John 6:51-58)

The Bread of Life discourse reflects the interpretation of the gospel writer rather than the actual words of Jesus. This is important for making sense of statements that would seem to be out of place, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Monday, 20 July 2015 11:30

Source of our life and hope

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 9 August 2015 (John 6:41-51)

How do we live the Paschal mystery as we face the demands of our endangered planet? Sister Veronica Lawson rsm leads us into a reflection of the eucharist.

Monday, 20 July 2015 11:21

Bread of life

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 2 August 2015 (John 6:24-35)

This week’s gospel invites us to consider what both material and symbolic dimensions of the statement might mean for living a gospel way of life, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 12:05

More than enough

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 26 July 2015 (John 6:1-15)

The present cycle of readings confronts us with questions about our own lifestyle, our exploitation of earth’s precious resources, and our capacity to make a positive change in the lives of those whose access to the fruits of our earth is much more limited than ours, writes Mercy Sister Veronica M. Lawson.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 11:55

Rest awhile

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 19 July 2015 (Mark 6:30-34)

There is a time for being out on mission and a time for being with the one who calls and sends us, writes Sister Veronica M. Lawson rsm.

Thursday, 02 July 2015 15:58

Casting out demons

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 12 July 2015 (Mark 6:7-13)

Contemporary imagination allows space for a metaphorical engagement with the angelic and demonic, where “demons” are recognisable in human experience, such as those of fear, hate, prejudice and paralysing mental illness, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Thursday, 02 July 2015 15:26

Focusing on the message

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 5 July 2015 (Mark 6:1-6)

To refuse to listen to a prophetic message because the messenger fails to meet our preconceived ideas about prophets may have something to do with a lack of faith, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Monday, 25 May 2015 13:28

God's healing power

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 28 June 2015 (Mark 5:21-43)

In this week’s gospel, we find a story within a story that recounts “the beautiful thing” Jesus does in the lives of suffering humanity, irrespective of age or gender or status or ethnicity, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Monday, 25 May 2015 13:20

Making a safe crossing

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 21 June 2015 (Mark 4:35-41)

Trust in God may involve relinquishing vested interests and engaging the processes that are designed to reverse the effects of human-induced climate change, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

Monday, 25 May 2015 13:11

The goodness of the earth

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 14 June 2015 (Mark 4:26-34)

In an era of urbanization, supermarket chains, and online shopping, this parable serves as a reminder of the goodness of the earth and of the God who sustains our planetary home, inspiring us to contemplate the myriad ways in which the earth speaks to us of God, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.

Monday, 25 May 2015 13:05

Renewing our covenant relationship

Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-The Body and Blood of Christ Year B, 7 June 2015 (Mark 14:12-16, 22-26)

The sharing of the cup of wine becomes the disciples sharing in the life of Jesus “to be poured out for many”, writes Sister Veronica Lawson rsm.

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