Gospel Reflections A

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 671 Read the Gospel: John 2:13-22 Gospel Summary In the first part of today’s Gospel, Jesus finds that the Temple in Jerusalem is being used for purposes other than prayer and worship. He fashions a whip out of cords and drives out the vendors and the moneychangers. He speaks of destroying the temple and raising it up. The people thought he...

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

by : RCLB

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 and it yielded great returns. The third servant, however, was fearful of...

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

by : RCLB

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 to the thirsty, food to the hungry, clothing to the naked, or whenever we visit the sick or...

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Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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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. The landowner sent more slaves, but the tenants killed them, too...

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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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 would be those who appreciated the banquet and sent more servants out to the...

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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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" who were prevented from hearing Jesus' message because they were arrogant about their position...

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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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 many. Some of the sower's seeds fell on rocky ground, on paths where people walked and among thorns....

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

by : RCLB

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 the harvest (the end time) would God separate the good from the evil just as the farmer will separate the wheat...

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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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 Kingdom will be, too. When we finally understand the Kingdom of God, it...

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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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 the sick among them. When it was late and everyone was hungry, the disciples suggested that...

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