November 06, 2016
Veronica Lawson is an Australian Sister of Mercy. She studied Scripture at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem and at Trinity College, Dublin. For many years, she lectured in Biblical Studies at the Australian Catholic University and its predecessor institutions before spending seven years as leader of her congregation. She regularly presents biblical workshops and lectures within Australia and throughout the world. Sr Veronica writes from an eco-feminist perspective. Her most recent publication is 'The Blessing of Mercy: Bible Perspectives and Ecological Challenges'.
Sr Veronica's weekly one page reflections on the Sunday Gospel Readings have a global circulation. Each month the next four reflections are published here on our mercyworld.org website in reverse chronological order so that the most current reflection is always at the top of the list.
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Messages to: Veronica Lawson rsm
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28 May 2017 Feast of the Ascension Year A (Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 28:16-20)
'Loss is an integral part of the human experience, and death is generally the most painful experience of loss. Today’s Feast of the Ascension invites us to face the experience of loss in a transformative way...'
21 May 2017 Easter 6A (John 14:15-21)
'Those who defend themselves in court run the risk of being outsmarted by clever and sometimes unscrupulous adversaries...'
14 May 2017 Easter 5A (John 14: 1-14)
Take from my heart all painful anxiety” is a gospel inspired prayer. It is the prayer of Catherine McAuley, the first Sister of Mercy...'
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7 May 2017 Easter 4A (John 10:1-10)
'My brother and sister-in-law were farmers who woke up one morning to find that all their sheep had disappeared. It seems that some enterprising thief or thieves had managed to load their sheep on to transports and move them interstate in the few hours between dusk and dawn...'
30 April 2017. Easter 3A (Luke 24:13-35)
'Extraordinary things can happen if we open ourselves to the presence of a stranger or “foreigner” on the road of life. That seems to be a key element in today’s gospel passage from the well-known and well-loved Emmaus story...'
23 April 2017. Easter 2A (John 20:19-31)
'Not so long ago we used to speak of the Sundays ‘after’ Easter. The terminology has changed and we now speak of the Sundays ‘of’ Easter...'
16 April 2017. Easter Sunday Year A (Matthew 28:1-10)
'After death, Jesus is cared for by a faith-filled man in the presence of two faith-filled women. These three people are fearless in the face of possible reprisals for their support of a “political criminal”...'
9 April 2017. Passion Sunday Year A (Matthew 26:14-27:66)
'Capital punishment is abhorrent to most of us, particularly when a just person dies for specious reasons or to political ends...'
2 April 2017. 5th Sunday of Lent Year A (John 11:1-45)
'Today’s readings touch into the most profound of human mysteries, the mysteries of life and death. To hold a new born child or to see a sick person restored to health is to experience the wonder of life. On the other hand, the unexpected death of a loved one can bring unimagined grief and pain...'
26 March 2017. 4th Sunday of Lent Year A (John 9:1-41)
'This week, we are invited on a faith journey with a man born blind and with the different groups of participants in the drama. All have the opportunity of coming to faith...'
19 March 2017. Third Sunday of Lent Year A (John 4:5-42)
'Those privileged to act as catechists in the RCIA program over the Lenten period will be introducing the candidates to some of our most treasured gospel stories...'
12 March 2017. Second Sunday of Lent Year A (Matthew 17:1-9)
'Last week’s gospel invited us into a confronting habitat, namely the wilderness. This week, we follow Jesus and three of his companions to a mountain and eventually a cloud-covered mountain...'
5 March 2017. First Sunday of Lent Year A (Matthew 4:1-11)
'Lent comes around each year and presents us with its usual challenge to take stock of our lives, to see more clearly what is in our hearts, and to discover what might be calling us out of our comfort zones...'
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26 February 2017. 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 6:24-34)
' “Today’s trouble is enough for today!” These are the concluding words of the gospel for this Sunday. We are “not to be anxious”. Rather, we are invited to be single-minded in our commitment...'
19 February 2017. 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 5:38-48)
'Today’s gospel is a continuation of Jesus’ teaching on the sort of righteousness, the right relationship and justice, to which his followers are called in their living of the Law...'
12 February 2017. 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 5:17-37)
'We sometimes forget that Jesus was a faithful Jew who observed the Law handed down within Israel from generation to generation.
5 February 2017. 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 5:13-16)
'In today’s gospel, Jesus addresses two short parables to his disciples in the presence of the crowds. The crowds as well as the disciples hear what he has to say...'
29 January 2017. 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 5:1-12)
'We have become so familiar with the beatitudes that there is a danger of our listening only to the mellifluous flow of language and of failing to attend to the extraordinary present and future reversal that they offer to all that suffer injustice, including the earth itself, and to those who choose non-violent ways of addressing the pain of the Earth community...'
22 January 2017. 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 4:12-23)
'Most of the gospel readings this year will be from the gospel of Matthew. As with any story, it is probably best to read it from beginning to end over a few days, attending to all the elements in the story...'
15 January 2017. 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (John 1:29-34)
'To provide a reference for someone is a serious responsibility as well as a privilege because, more often than not, a good deal depends on the testimony one provides. John the Baptist took it upon himself to be a referee for Jesus...'
8 January 2017. Feast of the Epiphany Year A (Matthew 2:1-12)
'God’s presence is revealed to us in many different ways: we can read the “book” of God’s creation; we can search out the meaning of our dreams; we can learn from our own and others’ experience; and we can be attentive to the wisdom of our sacred scriptures...'
1 January 2017. Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Luke 2:16-21)
'The celebration of Mary as Mother of God has very ancient roots. Mary was venerated in the East from the early third Christian century as theotokos, a Greek term that means God-Bearer. ...'
25 December 2016. Christmas Year A (Matthew 1:1-21; Luke 2:1-20; John 1:1-18)
'The readings for the Christmas liturgies vary from celebration to celebration. The prologue to Matthew’s gospel provides the first part of the gospel for the Christmas Vigil Mass...'
18 December 2016. 4th Sunday in Advent Year A (Matthew 1:18-24)
'One of my friends asked me what I would like for Christmas. “Nothing”, was my immediate response. “I just want to spend time with community and friends and family”...'
11 December 2016. 3rd Sunday in Advent Year A (Matthew 11:2-11)
'The third Sunday of Advent used to be called Gaudete (be joyful) Sunday. It provided a mid-term break within a period of austerity or penance in preparation for Christmas. Advent is no longer celebrated as a penitential period, but rather as a reflective time of expectation and hope...'
4 December 2016. 2nd Sunday of Advent Year A (Matthew 3:1-12)
'The wilderness or desert features powerfully in today’s gospel reading. The desert is the biblical place of encounter with God, the place of beginnings and of testing...'
27 November 2016. 1st Sunday of Advent Year A (Matthew 24:37-44)
'“Where is the Life we have lost in living?” asks the Chorus in T. S. Eliot's The Rock. The Jesus of Matthew's gospel is implicitly asking much the same question as Eliot’s Chorus...'