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Reflections on the Sunday Gospels. Year B: December 2017 - January 2018

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.

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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28 January 2018. 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 1:21-28)

'Today’s gospel reading recounts the first episode in a section of Mark’s gospel that focusses on a typical day in the ministry of Jesus as authoritative teacher and prophetic healer (1:21-38)...'

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21 January 2018. 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 1:14-20)

'Most of the gospel readings for this year are from Mark's story of Jesus. As with any story, it is best to read it from beginning to end, attending to the story line, to indications of place and time, to all the actors or characters in the story, human and other-than-human...'

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14 January 2018. 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (John 1:35-42)

'A personal call to a particular a way of life is not always easy to explain, even to oneself. At my religious profession, I chose the challenging motto “To give without counting the cost”. I have taken that motto seriously, even if I have often wanted to change it...'

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7 January 2018. Feast of the Epiphany Year B (Matthew 2:1-12)

'God’s presence is revealed to us in diverse ways: we can read the book of God’s vast creation; we can search out the meaning of our dreams; we can learn from our own and others’ experience; and we can listen to the voice of our sacred scriptures...'

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31 December 2017. Feast of the Holy Family Year B (Luke 2:22-40)

'The time between Christmas and New Year is often family time, a good time to think about what family means...'

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25 December 2017. Gospel Readings for Christmas Year B (Luke 2:1-20; John 1:1-18)

'The readings for the Christmas liturgies vary from celebration to celebration. The gospel for Midnight Mass (Lk 2:1-14) comes from the great story-teller Luke, as does the gospel for the early morning Mass (Lk 2:15-20)...'

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24 December 2017. 4th Sunday of Advent Year B (Luke 1:26-38)

'We are all familiar with Luke’s story of the annunciation, a story that has inspired artists through the ages. God’s messenger, Gabriel, approaches a young Galilean Jewish woman, Mary of Nazareth, and greets her as God’s graced one..'

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17 December 2017.  3rd Sunday of Advent Year B (John 1:6-8, 19-28)

'Today’s gospel reading falls into two sections. The first section comprises a statement from the prologue of John’s gospel and the second revolves around a question that has already been answered in the prologue...'

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10 December 2017. 2nd Sunday of Advent Year B (Mark 1:1-8)

'The first verse of Mark’s gospel evokes the opening words of Genesis and thus situates the saving presence of Jesus in relation to the creation of earth and of all earth beings. The whole of Mark’s story of Jesus is presented as a beginning..'

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3 December 2017. 1st Sunday of Advent Year B (Mark 13:33-37)

'“Eyes wide open” is the proper stance for gospel people. The little parable that is the gospel reading for this first Sunday of the new liturgical year forms the conclusion to Mark’s so-called apocalyptic discourse...'

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