Verna Holyhead's reflections on the Gospels of Year A will be heartily welcomed by all who enjoyed her earlier volume, Welcoming the Word in Year C: With Burning Hearts. Building on Rock is a beautiful and reflective book, allowing us to step back from the familiar readings and to see them against the backdrop of a broader canvas.
-Fr. Michael Casey, OCSO, Tarrawarra Abbey, Australia
In this volume of weekly reflections on the Sunday Lectionary for Year A, Verna Holyhead calls us not only to hear the Word of God, but to act on that Word. Her reflections shed light on what it means to be human, to be people of God, in today’s world.
Using Scripture, poetry, and history, these meditations move readers beyond a static understanding of the weekly readings to an appreciation for how the readings impact and reflect their lives. Drawing on the Rule of St. Benedict and the Benedictine tradition, the reflections provide another way by which believers may contemplate the Liturgy of the Word.
Verna A. Holyhead S.G.S. is an Australian Sister of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St. Benedict. She leads retreats, lectures, and writes, with an emphasis on biblical scholarship, liturgical insight, and pastoral challenge.