Posted: Thu, 13 May 2021 14:09
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the 'integrity of truth' in the Gospel for 7th Sunday of Easter. Photo: PD Pics on Pixabay
In our gospel today we see Jesus reflecting on friendship; the disciples have 'lost' Jesus again and they need that sense of connection. Jesus prays 'Father keep those you have given me true to your name'; this time before Pentecost sees the apostles still in lockdown. The virus... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 12 May 2021 10:38
On Thursday 13 May, we come together today to celebrate Ascension Day—the day of homecoming for Jesus. This year it falls on the feast of St Mary Mazzarello, who founded the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Salesian Sisters, with Don Bosco. She is very much in the school of hands-on saints who heeded the words of the angels in our first reading, 'why ... are you looking up into the sky?'... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 04 May 2021 13:49
The themes of friendship and love in the Gospel for 6th Sunday of Easter (John 15: 9-17) are explored in this refection by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Image: LiturgyTools.net CC-BY-SA 3.0
Today our gospel fills me with hope as I am reminded of the deep friendship of God—a friendship that is real and impacts our lives for good. I hope and pray that you have that friend you can rely on: they are... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 29 Apr 2021 13:33
Today we are presented with a very familiar parable on unity—essential if we are going to work together to beat the pandemic and make our world a safer and happier place. Today's Gospel is the 'Vine and the Branches', and Jesus... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 14:03
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB offers a Salesian take on the Gospel for 4th Sunday of Easter (John 10: 11-18), Vocations Sunday. Photo: The Salesian Missionary Cross (Fr Gerry)
For us Salesians, the notion of the 'Good Shepherd' is so important as it reflects the real care that members of the Salesian family should have for young people. The Good Shepherd is not like the simple steward, who at the slightest... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 14:03
Reflecting on the gospel for 3rd Sunday of Easter (Luke 24:35-48) , Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB encourages us to find God in the everyday activities we all share. Photo: Carrie Cai on Pixabay
Our gospel from Luke opens today with the missionary journey of the two Emmaus disciples on their way back to Jerusalem—the place of pain, suffering and death has become a place of glory. Like Mary of Magdala,... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 08 Apr 2021 14:12
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on God's deep love for us, seen in the Gospel for 2nd Sunday of Easter (John 20: 19-31). Image: 'Doubting Thomas', Franciszek Smuglewicz, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
This Sunday, we are invited to share in unconditional love of God in 'Divine Mercy Sunday' and in the gospel, we are given an example of how deep that love is.
For some reason, Thomas, the apostle,... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 03 Apr 2021 19:30
A reflection for Easter Day from Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Image: The Risen Lord meets Mary Magdalen, Ely. Fr Lawrence Lew OP, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 via Flickr.
A very happy Easter Day to you!
Today we celebrate glory and life even in the middle of international pain and heartache—I pray that this day helps us to recognise the green shoots of hope. Today is the reason for our hope and needed optimism:... Read More »