Gospel Reflections A

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Years ABC

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Lectionary: 543 Read the Gospel: Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Luke 2:41-51a Gospel Summary: Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a Just prior to this passage, in Matthew 1:1-15, we are presented with the genealogy of Jesus. This, of course, includes the lineage of Saint Joseph. Among his ancestors are Jacob, Solomon, David, and Abraham. This is quite a heritage of...

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Annunciation of the Lord, Years ABC

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Lectionary: 545 Read the Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 Gospel Summary In his infancy narrative, Luke has several purposes when he tells of Gabriel's visit to Mary. Luke wants to be clear that the origin of Jesus was prophesied in the Old Testament. He wants to be sure his audience understands the divine origin of Jesus. Luke reports the announcement of Gabriel...

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Years ABC

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Lectionary: 622 Read the Gospel: Luke 1:39-56 Gospel Summary Today’s Gospel contains the account of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth and of Mary’s proclamation of the Magnificat. Joy runs through this Gospel reading—the joy as the cousins meet and embrace; the joy as the baby within Elizabeth’s womb leaps at the sound of Mary’s voice; and the joy...

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Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Years ABC

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Lectionary: 689 Read the Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 Gospel Summary In today’s Gospel reading, the angel Gabriel is sent by God to tell Mary that she has been chosen to give birth to his Son. Mary is overwhelmed by this news and does not fully understand it, but she says yes to God’s plan. The choice of Mary underscores God’s impartiality, for Mary was not from...

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Nativity of the Lord (Mass during the Night)

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Lectionary: 14ABC (Mass at Midnight) Read the Gospel: Luke 2:1-14 Gospel Summary In today’s Gospel reading, we are once again reminded that God shows no partiality to persons according to their social status and means. Jesus—the King of Kings and Lord of Lords—is not born to royalty, nor is he born in a castle. He is born to the carpenter Joseph and his...

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

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Lectionary: 18 Read the Gospel: Luke 2:16-21 Gospel Summary The shepherds traveled to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and Jesus lying in the manger. Those who heard the account of what the shepherds had heard and seen were amazed. Mary kept the words of the shepherds in her heart, and reflected on them. Eight days later, Mary and Joseph took the...

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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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 the coin, Jesus told them to give to the emperor what was due the emperor, but...

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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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 to love our neighbor as our self. Reflection for Families Our children...

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Solemnity of All Saints

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Lectionary: 667 Read the Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12a Gospel Summary Today’s Gospel reading is the opening of the Sermon on the Mount, a series of teachings given by Jesus that focus on how to live as a disciple in the world. Today’s portion of the Sermon on the Mount is the Beatitudes. In them, Jesus explains how we are to live if we want to inherit the...

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The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

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Lectionary: 668 Read the Gospel: John 6:37-40 Gospel Summary In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus makes it clear he has come down from Heaven to do the will of God the Father. And the will of God the Father is that all people who believe in Jesus will have eternal life and will be raised up on the last day. Reflection for Parents Families often choose this...

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