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Reflections on the Sunday Gospels. Year A: January 2017

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 was interviewed for the Mercy International Reflection Process Stage Three project VOICES where she spoke of an approach to biblical texts. You can watch that interview here

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 website in reverse chronological order so that the most current reflection is always at the top of the list.

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 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...'

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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...'

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 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...'

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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...'

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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. ...'

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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...'

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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”...'

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 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...'

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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...'

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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...'

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