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Gospel Reflections, Year B, Christmastime

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year B

Lectionary: 21
Read the Gospel: Mark 1:7-11

Gospel Summary
Most of Mark’s accounts of events in Jesus’ life are short and to the point. The account of Jesus’ baptism in today’s gospel illustrates this. In a few brief sentences, Mark makes clear that Jesus...Read More »

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Lectionary: 18
Read the Gospel: Luke 2:16-21

Gospel Summary
After the shepherds receive the good news from the angel, they follow the sign to find the savior. They tell everyone they meet, including Joseph and Mary that this child is indeed special, the Son...Read More »

Feast of the Holy Family, Year B

Lectionary: 17
Read the Gospel: Luke 2:22-40

Gospel Summary
Mary and Joseph, obedient Jewish parents, presented Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem in today’s gospel. He was given the name requested of the angel at the annunciationÑJesus. An unusual thing happened at the Temple,...Read More »

Nativity of the Lord (Mass during the Night)

Lectionary: 14
Read the Gospel: Luke 2:1-14

Gospel Summary
This portion of Luke’s infancy narrative contains two distinct components. First we are given the setting. Decreed by the rulers of the day, people were to journey to their hometown and be counted in the...Read More »

Solemnity of the Epiphany

Lectionary: 20
Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

Gospel Summary
The magi from the East came to Jerusalem and asked where the child who was King of the Jews might be found. Herod was concerned about this birth, and as a result had worked...Read More »

Gospel Reflections, Year B, Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B

Lectionary: 11
Read the Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

Gospel Summary
Jesus’ birth is foretold in this gospel where Gabriel comes to Mary and announces that within her she has the king that Israel has long awaited. To have found favor with God surprises Mary, a...Read More »

Third Sunday of Advent, Year B

Lectionary: 8
Read the Gospel:  John 1:6-8, 19-28

Gospel Summary
The Jewish leaders questioned John the Baptist asking who he was. They even took a few guesses themselves suggesting that he was the Messiah, Elijah, or a prophet. John had his own following who...Read More »

Second Sunday of Advent, Year B

Lectionary: 5
Read the Gospel: Mark 1:1-8

Gospel Summary
The Messiah is foretold in Second Isaiah and the words of John the Baptist continue the foretelling during Advent. Just as the Jewish exiles were filled with hope and led home, John the Baptist filled...Read More »

First Sunday of Advent, Year B

Lectionary: 2
Read the Gospel: Mark 13:33-37

Gospel Summary
We are reminded in today’s gospel that the world as we know it will pass away, and God’s Kingdom will come in full. Jesus tells a parable about a master who went away and left...Read More »

Questions of the Week, Year B, Advent

Sundays during Advent, Year B

First Sunday of Advent, Year B
Lectionary: 2
Gospel: Mark 13: 33-37

Adults:            At this time, how faithful do you feel you are being to God’s plan for you?
Children:        What good thing might God be asking you...Read More »