Posted: Sat, 08 Aug 2020 08:06
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB's reflection for the 19th Sunday of the year.
Today our Gospel takes us onto Lake Galilee; a huge expanse of water that was a source of both a thriving fishing industry and a trading highway. I think it is very interesting that Jesus choose the busy port town of Capernaum as his base when he began his public ministry: the Sea of Galilee was his front door to the world.
While... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 01 Aug 2020 08:00
A reflection on the Gospel for 18th Sunday of the year, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. 'They fed 5000 men, not counting the women and children'. (Image: Bernadette Lopez via Qumran2.net
The miracle of feeding in Matthew recalls the compassion of Jesus: he had originally planned to take a break with his disciples but the crowd found him. He reaches out to help them because they were lost and needed a... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:54
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the Gospel for the 17th Sunday of the year - the pearl of great price. Photo: Eye for Ebony on Unsplash
Well you'll be glad to know that this week Jesus is still reflecting on the 'field'-the field that is the church made up of a variety of good and bad; the church that is inclusive, the church that does not judge: rather, a church that offers peace and reconciliation... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:05
A reflection on the Gospel for 16th Sunday of the year, the parable of the wheat and the weeds (Matthew 13: 24-43), by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB.
In the Gospel today, Jesus tells a tale that would upset the many farmers in his audience; an enemy creeps into the field and deliberately plants weeds in the good wheat field—an action that could destroy their livelihood and income Good and bad are... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:18
A reflection for the 15th Sunday of the year by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Image: The Sower by Bernadette Lopez via Qumran2.net
In our Gospel today, Jesus presents one of the most popular parables ever: he tells the tale of a farmer who goes out to sow seeds for the harvest. We can readily remember the details of his the seed can fall into different situations that can either promote or stunt growth.... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 05 Jul 2020 08:25
Fr Gerry O'Shaughessy SDB reflects on the Gospel for the 14th Sunday of the year: (Matthew 11: 25-30). Photo: View from a window of the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Colle Don Bosco, Italy.
In the Gospel today Jesus makes three invitations:
- Come to me if you are burdened: I encourage you to place whatever burdens, worries and concerns you might have today at the altar as we offer the bread and... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 16:38
A reflection for the Feast of St Peter and Paul, (Sunday 28 June 2020) by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB
This Sunday, we keep the feast of two of our great founding fathers-in-faith, Peter and Paul. They are very different, but complementary, characters in every way: Peter, excitable and often working on a whim, while Paul is perhaps seen as more measured and careful. They were both fiercely proud of their... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:47
A reflection on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB
This Sunday, the Church invites us back to ORDINARY TIME, as we still endure a lockdown preventing us from sharing together at our parish Churches - ordinary in the midst of the extraordinary. It is no coincidence then, that in the Gospel of today, Jesus tells us, "do not be afraid!" Many of us have lived... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 14 Jun 2020 10:32
In this week's Salesian Sundays video, Sr Ella Flynn FMA talks about Corpus Christi, our celebration of the body of Christ, and our faith in the real presence.
Follow the link below to watch the video on YouTube.
Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2020 11:19
Fr Gerry O'Shaunessy's reflection on the feast of Corpus Christi this Sunday
Another feast day, yet another virtual experience of the Eucharist. However, today is especially poignant as we celebrate the very gift of Jesus giving us himself - a gift to nourish and to share. 2020 will go down in our history as the time when we could not gather, as parish families, for much of Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week,... Read More »