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Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year A

Lectionary: 160
Read: Matthew 25:31-46

Gospel Summary
On this final Sunday of the Church year, the feast of Christ the King, we learn most definitely how our lives will be measured. They will be measured by the love we show. Whenever we offer a drink of water...Read More »


Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 157
Read: Matthew 25:14-30

Gospel Summary
In this story, a man went away on a journey. He must have been very wealthy because he entrusted large portions of his money to three of his servants. The first two servants invested the money during the master’s absence...Read More »


The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

Lectionary: 668
Read: John 6:37-40

Gospel Summary
Jesus explained to the crowds that God had sent him. He said it was God’s will that those who believed in Jesus should not be turned away in the final days. Those who have come to Jesus will be given...Read More »


Solemnity of All Saints

Lectionary: 667
Read: Matthew 5:1-12a

Gospel Summary
Often called the Sermon on the Mount, today’s gospel is well known to Christians. In the Beatitudes, Jesus explains how we should live if we want to be a part of God’s Kingdom. Jesus told the people things that were...Read More »


Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 148
Read: Matthew 22:34-40

Gospel Summary
Trying to trick Jesus into saying something contrary to Moses, the Pharisees asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment. Jesus responded by saying that we are to love God with all our heart, our soul, and mind. Secondly, we are...Read More »


Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 145
Read: Matthew 22:15-21

Gospel Summary
The chief priests and Pharisees tried to trap Jesus into making a political error or renouncing God’s authority. They asked whether or not it was lawful to pay taxes to the emperor. Pointing out that it was Caesar’s head on...Read More »


Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 142
Read: Matthew 22:1-14

Gospel Summary
Matthew dealt harshly with the wedding guests who made excuses for not attending the king’s son’s wedding. Not only did they refuse the invitation, but they beat the servant who went in search of them. The king knew that there...Read More »


Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 139
Read: Matthew 21:33-43

Gospel Summary
Using a parable, Jesus got the Jewish leaders to admit their error. He described a vineyard owner (God) who sent slaves (prophets) to collect his share of the harvest from the tenants (Jewish leaders). But the tenants killed the slaves....Read More »


Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 136
Read: Matthew 21:28-32

Gospel Summary
Jesus pointed out to chief priest and elders that they had not believed John nor had they changed their hearts after seeing Jesus. They were like the son who said “yes” to his father’s request to work in the vineyard....Read More »


Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 133
Read: Matthew 20:1-16a

Gospel Summary
The vineyard owner hired five groups of laborers. Each subsequent group began work later in the day. When the owner hired the first group, they agreed on a fair wage. At the end of the day, he called in the...Read More »


Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Lectionary: 638
Read: John 3:13-17

Gospel Summary
John 3:16 is quoted often and many people claim it as their favorite passage in all the Bible. It is where John tells us that God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that those...Read More »


Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 127
Read: Matthew 18:15-20

Gospel Summary
Jesus set for his followers a three-step procedure for reconciling differences among the community. In the first step we are told to go one-on-one to the person and try to work out the problem. If that doesn’t work, we are...Read More »


Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 124
Read: Matthew 16:21-27

Gospel Summary
Jesus told his apostles about the suffering he would endure. Peter, speaking for the group, simply couldn’t believe that the great Messiah who would save Israel would have to go through such degrading events. Peter was thinking only in human...Read More »


Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 121
Read: Matthew 16:13-20

Gospel Summary
In this gospel, Peter named Jesus as the Messiah. Later Jesus named Peter as the foundation of the earthly Church and gave him the keys of power. Peter was to be like the steward of a palace making decisions for...Read More »


Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 118
Read: Matthew 15:21-28

Gospel Summary
A Cananite woman approached Jesus as a petitioner asking Jesus to heal her daughter. At first Jesus put her off by implying that she was not part of the salvation plan. She determined that she was and through her faith...Read More »


Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 115
Read: Matthew 14:22-33

Gospel Summary
A storm arose on the sea and the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water toward them. At first they thought it was a ghost, but then they recognized Jesus. In an effort to show his great faith, Peter got...Read More »


Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 112
Read: Matthew 14:13-21

Gospel Summary
Jesus was still very sad about John the Baptist’s death. But even in his sorrow, Jesus remembered the needs of others. As he tried to go to a deserted place, the crowds followed him in hopes that he would heal...Read More »


Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 109
Read: Matthew 13:44-52

Gospel Summary
Jesus compared the Kingdom to a valuable treasure. First it was a buried treasure and second it was like a rare and priceless pearl. These findings were more valuable than anything we have known previously and that is what the...Read More »


Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 106
Read: Matthew 13:24-43

Gospel Summary
This Gospel is a way of explaining why there is good and evil in the world today. As Jesus explained in the parable, the weeds (or evil) are allowed to grow with the wheat (or good). Only at...Read More »


Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 103
Read: Matthew 13:1-23

Gospel Summary
While we call this Gospel, “The Parable of the Sower,” it is much more about the seed than the farmer. Although there will be obstacles to telling others the Good News, the message will be received by...Read More »


Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 100
Read: Matthew 11:25-30

Gospel Summary
Jesus called those who would follow him “infants.” Compared to the Scribes and Pharisees they lacked social standing and religious expertise, but these infants were open to understanding. It was the “wise”...Read More »


Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Lectionary: 591
Read: Matthew 16: 13-19

Gospel Summary
Peter named Jesus as the Messiah in this gospel. Later Jesus named Peter as the foundation of the earthly Church and gave him the keys of power. Peter was to be like the steward of a palace making...Read More »


Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year A

Lectionary: 167
Read: John: 6:51-58

Gospel Summary
As much as Jesus’ listeners didn’t understand how Jesus could really mean that they were to eat his body and drink his blood, Jesus made it very clear that that was precisely what he did mean. Once again, it...Read More »


Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year

Lectionary: 164
Read: John 3:16-18

Gospel Summary
As in the past weeks, Jesus’ message of commission and obedience is present along with his promise to always be with us. As the disciples were sent out to baptize, they were reminded of God’s trinity: the Father, the...Read More »


Sundays during Ordinary Time II, Year A

Fourteenth (14th) Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 100
Gospel:  Matthew 11:25-30

Adults:       When has Jesus refreshed you when you felt burdened by problems?

Children:   What burden do you need Jesus to help you carry?

Fifteenth (15th) Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 103
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Solemnities during Ordinary Time, Year A

The Most Holy Trinity
Lectionary: 164
Gospel:  John 3:16-18

Adults:       How could God’s mercy and love for the world be revealed through you this week?

Children:  Do you know anyone who is sick or feeling badly and with whom you could visit?

The Most...Read More »


Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 82
Read Sunday’s Gospel:  Matthew 6:24-34

Gospel Summary

Matthew’s Gospel this week continues the Sermon on the Mount.  Jesus encourages his disciples to notice how the Father cares for even the smallest of creatures, and assures them that their heavenly Father provides even more for their needs.

Reflection for Parents

It...Read More »


Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 79
Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48

Gospel Summary
In this Sunday proclamation, we continue to hear from Matthew’s Gospel account of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus calls us to holiness. Jesus’ preaching does not devalue the Mosaic Law, but reveals the...Read More »


Sundays during Ordinary Time I, Year A

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Lectionary: 64
Gospel: John 1:29-34

Adults:             When have you been surprised to see goodness that you had overlooked in someone?
Children:         Who has surprised you by doing something kind for you when...Read More »


Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 76
Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 5:17–37

Gospel Summary
Matthew’s Gospel this week highlights what seem to be an unattainable ideal. What Jesus asks of his followers requires an extraordinary interior conversion of heart. Mere external compliance seems impossible; only love as the basis for action could...Read More »


Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 73
Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16

Gospel Summary
It is common for us in our times to be careful about the salt we use. However, in Jesus’ day, salt was a very important commodity. It was used to pay salaries. Like us, people used salt...Read More »


Junior High: Presentation of the Lord

Junior High Session
Malachi 3:1-4
Luke 2:22-40

Opening Prayer
Let us pray.
Creator God, You have formed us in Your own image and likeness.
Help us to live as members of Your family.
In the name of Jesus Christ we pray.
Amen.

Opening Life Reflection
The topic for today is the belief...Read More »


Intermediate: Presentation of the Lord

Intermediate Session
Malachi 3:1-4
Luke 2:22-40

Opening Prayer
Let us pray.
Thank you God for our humanity.
Help us to serve others and to live as your children.
In the name of Jesus Christ we pray.
Amen.

Opening Life Reflection
The topic for today is the belief that Jesus is fully human...Read More »


Primary: Presentation of the Lord

Primary Session
Luke 2:22-40

Opening Prayer
Let us pray.
Creator God, the earth is filled with your blessings.
Help us to be thankful for the wonders of your creation.
In the name of Jesus Christ we pray.
Amen.

Opening Life Reflection
The topic for today is the belief that Jesus is fully...Read More »


Catechist: Presentation of the Lord

Background for Catechists and Teachers
To prepare for this session, read all the readings.
Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7-10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40

Spend a few minutes reflecting on what these readings mean for you today. Is there a particular reading that appeals to you? Is there a word that engages you?

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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Lectionary: 524
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 annunciation, Jesus. An...Read More »


Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 70
Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12a

Gospel Summary
The beatitudes are the content of this Gospel and they begin what we commonly call, “The Sermon on the Mount.” Jesus’ words surely turned upside down the understanding his listeners had of the world and society. Jesus...Read More »


Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 67
Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

Gospel Summary
The reading today from Matthew’s Gospel takes place early in Jesus’ ministry. Several ideas are clear. First of all, Matthew strived to connect his Gospel for the early Christians to their Jewish heritage. He made several...Read More »


Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Lectionary: 64
Read Sunday’s Gospel: John 1:29-34

Gospel Summary
John the Baptist knew Jesus as his cousin, but it is not clear until we read today’s Gospel that John recognized Jesus as the promised Messiah. John called Jesus the “Lamb of God.” We are familiar...Read More »