Reflecting on the Sunday Gospel

Here are some resources you may find helpful to use as a means of reflecting on the Gospel of the weekend either on your own or in a family setting.

For Children

Created by our weekend Children’s Liturgy of the Word group, a prayer service for parents to lead their children into a conversation on the Gospel story

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9th August
Elaine opens up the meaning of today’s Gospel for us and helps us to think about how we can show our faith in God this week.

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2nd August
Today Orla helps us to reflect on the meaning of the miracle of Jesus feeding over 5,000 people with just 5 loaves and 2 fish.

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26th July
Today Niamh helps us to understand what Jesus means when he says that Heaven is like a treasure

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 19th July
Today Claire helps us to explore more of the stories Jesus tells us in helping us to know what having God in our lives is like.

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12th July
Today Lisa helps us to explore the Gospel of the farmer sowing seeds. We will hear what happens to those seeds as they fall on paths, on rocky ground, in patches of weeds and in good soil.

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 5th July
Today Elaine helps us to explore the Gospel where we hear that God is there to ease our troubles not add to them.

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 28th June
Today Orla helps us to explore the |Gospel where we hear how we will be rewarded for our goodness.

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 21st June
Niamh shows us that the Gospel today is about the experience of fear and of not being afraid.

Corpus Christi – 14th June
Claire brings our focus on Bread and how it sustains us as a way of opening a discussion on the feast of the Body of Christ

Trinity Sunday – 7th June
This week Lisa will be helping us with one of the most famous passages in the Bible, written by John, it tells us about God’s love and what he did to show us that love.  We will also see how today’s Feast, the Holy Trinity, is all about love.   

For Grown-Ups

Each link brings you to a structured approach to opening the Gospel in prayer either on your own or in a family setting. Give yourself time to follow the process.

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9th August
Battered in tempestuous times, unsettled, wavering, sinking. Yes, that’s us today but yes, it is also the community for which Matthew was writing. 

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2nd August
When people are compassionate to us, it is because we need it and usually we are deeply touched and grateful. Such is our God!

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26th July
Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52
We continue with Matthew in defining for us what the Kingdom of Heaven is like.

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 19th July
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-43
Continuing to draw us into a fuller experience of the Kingdom of God within us.

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12th July
Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23
God of every harvest, it can be hard
today to be confident about the Good
News and yet we know that it is you
who give the growth

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 5th July
Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30
On this Sunday, our Gospel is one of the most attractive and best-loved paragraphs in Matthew, breathing an air of invitation and serenity…just what we need, as we undertake the cautious next stage of easing the C-19 restrictions.

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 28th June
Gospel: Matthew 10:37-42
Whoever finds his life, loses it, whoever loses her life will find it.

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 21st June
Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33
So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows!!

Corpus Christi – 14th June
Gospel: John 6:51-58
Exploring what it is to be a Eucharistic people

Trinity Sunday – 7th June
Gospel: John 3:16-18
Opening ourselves into the depth of the loving relationship that is God.



Reflecting on the Sunday Gospel in Eastertide

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Here are some resources you may find helpful to use as a means of reflecting on the Gospel of the weekend either on your own or in a family setting.

Reflection for Children

Created by our weekend Children’s Liturgy of the Word group, a prayer service for parents to lead their children into a conversation on the Gospel story

Pentecost Sunday – 31st May

Feast of the Ascension – 24th May

Sixth Sunday of Easter – 17th May

Fifth Sunday of Easter – 10th May

Fourth Sunday of Easter – 3rd May

Third Sunday of Easter – 26th April

Second Sunday of Easter – 19th April

Easter Sunday – 12th April

Reflection for Grown-ups

Each link brings you to a structured approach to opening the Gospel in prayer either on your own or in a family setting. Give yourself time to follow the process.

Pentecost Sunday – 31st May
Gospel: John 20:19-23
Jesus breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Feast of the Ascension – 24th May
Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus leaves his disciples and commissions them to ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Sixth Sunday of Easter – 17th May
Gospel: John 14:15-21
Jesus is preparing the disciples for his departure from them and is reassuring them that God is presence in the depth of relationship.

Fifth Sunday of Easter – 10th May
Gospel: John 14:1-12
We are offered another of the great I AM statements of Jesus, I am the way, and the truth, and the life.

Fourth Sunday of Easter – 3rd May
Gospel: John 10:1-10
I am the gate: whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.

Third Sunday of Easter – 26th April
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
We have the journey on the road to Emmaus, where the two invite a stranger to join them and through that invitation have an experience of the Risen Christ

Second Sunday of Easter – 19th April
Gospel: John 20:19-31
We turn to the Gospel of “doubting Thomas”. Perhaps we identify more easily with doubt, though the real point is that Thomas comes to a breath-taking affirmation of faith.

Easter Sunday – 12th April
Gospel: John 20:1-10
Reflecting on the discovery of the empty tomb

Reflecting on the Sunday Gospel in Lent

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Here are some resources you may find helpful to use as a means of reflecting on the Gospel of the weekend either on your own or in a family setting.

Reflection for Children

Created by our weekend Children’s Liturgy of the Word group, a prayer service for parents to lead their children into a conversation on the Gospel story

Easter Sunday – 12th April

Palm Sunday – 5th April

Fifth Sunday – 29th March

Fourth Sunday – 22nd March

Third Sunday – 15th March

Reflection for Grown-ups

Each link brings you to a structured approach to opening the Gospel in prayer either on your own or in a family setting. Give yourself time to follow the process.

Easter Sunday – 12th April
Gospel: John 20:1-10
Reflecting on the discovery of the empty tomb

Palm Sunday – 5th April
Gospel: Matthew 21:1-12
Sitting with a reflection on the joy and anticipation of the entrance into Jerusalem

Fifth Sunday – 29th March
Gospel: John 11:1-45
Theme: “I am the resurrection and the life” Do you believe this?
Reflection provided by: Geraldine Tallon, Liturgy Group in Gresytones

Fourth Sunday – 22nd March
Gospel: John 9: 1-41
Theme: The blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored

Third Sunday – 15th March
Gospel: John 4:5-42
A spring of water welling up to eternal life

Taizé style Reflection during Lent

Each Friday in Lent we offered a Taizé style liturgy based on the Gospel for the following Sunday.
It lasts about 25 minutes. To use it, create a comfortable space for yourself.  Keep the lighting low and use candlelight. 

Taizé Style Prayer or Good Friday

Palm Sunday – 5th April
Gospel: Matthew 21:1-12

Sitting with a reflection on the joy and anticipation of the entrance into Jerusalem

Fifth Sunday – 29th March
Gospel: John 9: 1-41

An encounter with the woman at the well

Fourth Sunday – 22nd March
Gospel: John 9: 1-41

Theme: The blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored