These reflections by Silvester O\’Flynn are on the Sunday Gospels of Year A, Matthew\’s Year, of the Roman Lectionary. For each Sunday, he gives the text of the gospel reading, a short introductory note which puts the reading in its liturgical or scriptural context, and he summarises the Good News of the reading in a sentence or two. He then gives two reflections on each reading, the first normally being a commentary on the text and the second being more reflective and imaginative, relating the reading to the world of today. This series has been used not only by homilists but also by groups who come together for prayer or discussion. Fr O\’Flynn\’s lively readable style makes the best insights of modern scholarship accessible to those who have not had time for serious study.
Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. is well-known for his reflections on the three cycles of Sunday Mass Readings. He also wrote Sunday Seeds and The Responsorial Psalms of Sunday. These books are deeply appreciated by preachers preparing homilies as well as being used in prayer groups. He has frequently been asked for reflections on the daily Mass Readings and especially for Prayers of the Faithful related to the Gospel. He is director of retreats at Ard Mhuire, Creeslough, Co Donegal.