Sunday 28 June Reflection from Monsignor Tony Doherty

27 June 2020
Appearance of Jesus Christ to Maria Magdalena by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov. Image: Wikimedia Commons.


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.


Changing the way we go about life is not all that difficult.

We do it all the time.

We diet because we want to change the way we look. We learn to ski or fish or paint when we want to change the patterns of our life. We move to the country when we tire of city traffic.

But those are, in the main, very superficial changes. Real change is far deeper than that.

It is changing the way we look at life and that can be the stuff of conversion.

Conversion, there is a Greek word for it – metanoia, is an ancient concept deeply embedded in the gospel. It was John the Baptist’s challenge to his listeners.

Mary Magdalene, Paul the Apostle,  Augustine, John Henry Newman are all examples of famous conversions. Often after rather painful journeys.

Conversion breaks through the illusions which often cloud our thinking.

It is about being in the world differently. Genuine conversion enables us to see life differently. Sometimes accompanied by profound gratitude which we call grace.

In the gospel reflection attached, we relate a story of a dramatic change in a man’s life which led to his death.

Just tap on the link below for a reflection on the gospel of this Sunday.

Fell free to pass it on to anyone you may think could be interested.







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


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