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'We are called to be a Church of love today ...'

'We are called to be a Church of love today ...'

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:26

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB's reflection for 30th Sunday of the year looks at the commandment Jesus told us was the most important, and how we need to live by it today. Gospel: Matthew 22:34–40.

"All you need is love", so the Beatles told us 1960s, while in the fourth century, St Augustine was able to preach with confidence "love and do what you will!" The Gospel message of love lies at the heart... Read More »

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Practising the law of love

Practising the law of love

Posted: Wed, 14 Oct 2020 15:51

The Gospel for 29th Sunday of the year tells us of the challenges Jesus faced from those trying to entrap and destroy him, Fr Gerry O'Shaughessy SDB offers a reflection on how we can be good citizens, practising Jesus' law of love. (Matthew 22: 15 - 21)

This week we see the Pharisees withdrawing from their discussion with Jesus. However, they still want to torment him and send their 'disciples' to challenge... Read More »

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Opening our hearts to share the feast of the Lord

Opening our hearts to share the feast of the Lord

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 15:41

Fr Gerry O'Shaunessy SDB reflects the Gospel for 28th Sunday of the year, with its call to fully take up the Lord's invitation to join him at the wedding feast. (Matthew 22: 1 - 14)

In our Gospel today, Jesus once again is speaking to the leaders of his people-these wonderful teachings apply as much today as they did in their original context. When the Old Testament prophets wanted to speak of the day... Read More »

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Table fellowship - the 'Eucharist of the ordinary'

Table fellowship - the 'Eucharist of the ordinary'

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 17:41

Some of the most important Gospel stories centre on sharing meals and breaking bread together. Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the importance of 'table fellowship' in our lives today. Photo: A seder meal at the Triduum Retreat, Savio House

But the Son of Man goes around eating and drinking, and you say, "That man eats and drinks too much! He is even a friend of tax collectors and sinners." Yet Wisdom... Read More »

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Kindness must be our default position

Kindness must be our default position

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 11:35

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB offers a reflection on the Gospel for 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Image by Marcello Cerrato via Qumran2.net

Once again we are presented with a parable about that important vineyard—that place of encounter with the divine. Once again the target audience are the leaders of the community—the chief priests and elders who should be listening to the WORD OF God. They... Read More »

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Challenged to both LOVE and SERVE the Lord

Challenged to both LOVE and SERVE the Lord

Posted: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:07

A reflection on the Gospel for 26th Sunday of the year, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. (Image: Parable of the Two Sons by Bernadette Lopez, via Qumran2.net)

Our Gospel today has Jesus telling the story of the two sons; while Luke shares the amazing story of unconditional love in the beautiful and enduring tale of the Prodigal, Matthew tells the tale of the the Father asking his sons for help in the... Read More »

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Unconditional Generosity

Unconditional Generosity

Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:09

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the lessons for us today in the Gospel for 25th Sunday of the year, Matthew 20: 1-16.

Today's Gospel was often a source of much discussion with the idealistic students that I've had the pleasure of working with over the years: how was it just that the workers, who were dragged in at the last minute, be paid exactly the same as those hard working working labourers... Read More »

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True forgiveness brings the spirit of reconciliation

True forgiveness brings the spirit of reconciliation

Posted: Tue, 08 Sep 2020 11:35

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB helps us reflect on the Gospel for 24th Sunday of the Year, Matthew 18: 21-35. (Photo: Wesley Tingey on Unsplash)

Just as we begin the new school year, with all the problems that a global Pandemic brings, today's Gospel seems like a maths problem that Miss Wilson used to set us back in the day when I was in St Elizabeth's primary school.

Jesus never tires of talking about forgiveness;... Read More »

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The cross of difficulty and the need to forgive

The cross of difficulty and the need to forgive

Posted: Sat, 05 Sep 2020 07:03

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the lessons for us in the Gospel for 23rd Sunday of the Year: Matthew 18: 15-20

We were told last week to "take up your cross" and follow Jesus. It is a challenge that all of us, rightly, find hard; it unsettles us, but as the Jesuit peace-broker, Daniel Berrigan SJ put it, "don't follow Jesus unless you look good on wood!" This week the Gospel seems like an episode... Read More »

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From hero to zero: Sunday reflection

From hero to zero: Sunday reflection

Posted: Fri, 28 Aug 2020 17:00

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the Gospel for 22nd Sunday of the Year (Matthew 16: 21-27)


I suspect a lot of us can identify with Peter today: we want the very best for our families and friends. When he hears of Jesus speaking of the pain and suffering that going to Jerusalem will bring, Peter, as a friend, urges him not to go forward - he wanted the best for his friend. Only last week, we... Read More »

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