Fourth Sunday of Easter 2020 Reflection from Monsignor Tony Doherty

3 May 2020
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A retired priest from the Archdiocese of Sydney has chosen to start recording weekly reflections on the Gospel.

Monsignor Tony Doherty has started a series of reflections called “Breaking Bread Together” on a personal YouTube channel.

The reflections were designed for parishioners of St Joseph’s Neutral Bay, part of the Parishes of Sydney Harbour North, but he warmly welcomes those outside of the parish to the video.

In his reflections, Msgr Doherty reads the Sunday Gospel, provides a reflection, and then allows for a time of prayer towards the end.


Joseph Campbell, the famous scholar of comparative religions, once wrote: “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. Easter time may be a time to muse on the truth of such an insight.

Life is a series of resurrections, provided we’re willing to let old things die.

This Sunday’s Easter gospel introduces Jesus as the “Good Shepherd” who will die for his sheep. So, it provides an opportunity to share a story about a shepherd.

The traveller asked, “What kind of weather are we going to have today?”.

The old shepherd answered, “The kind of weather I like.”

How do you know it will be the kind of weather you like? The traveller scoffed.

“Having found out, sir, I cannot get all that I like, I have learned always to like what I get. So, I am quite sure we will have the weather I like.”

In today’s Sunday reflection I will introduce you to a tale of another wise old shepherd.

Just click on the link below for this week’s reflection and prayer.

Please feel free to pass the link on to anyone you might believe would be interested.

Every blessing,


To follow Msgr Doherty’s reflections, visit his YouTube channel –


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