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Third Sunday of Easter, Year A

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Lectionary: 46 Read: Luke 24:13-35 Gospel Summary Despondent and discouraged, two of Jesus' apostles walked from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They talked on their way about the events that had occurred in the past several days. A stranger joined them, actually Jesus, but they didn't recognize him at first. Jesus asked the apostles what they had been discussing,...

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Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A

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Lectionary: 49 Read: John 10:1-10 Gospel Summary Using the image of shepherd and sheep, Jesus made an analogy for us to listen to the voice of God. Sometimes we are distracted by other voices that Jesus called "thieves." These thieves rob us of our desire to follow Jesus. True sheep, however, know the voice of the shepherd. The shepherd provides safety...

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A

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Lectionary: 52 Read: John 14:1-12 Gospel Summary During Jesus' Last Supper, Jesus explained to the disciples what was to happen next in God's plan. Jesus would no longer be visibly among them, but would return to the Father. In heaven, Jesus would prepare a place for each of us to come when he returned to get us. In his discussion, Jesus also made it...

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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A

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Lectionary: 55 Read: John 14:15-21 Gospel Summary At the Last Supper Jesus told his apostles he would be leaving them to return to the Father. In today's Gospel, he reassures them and us that we will not be alone. The Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples and is with each of us as a special helper and friend until Jesus returns to us. In the meantime, we...

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Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A

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Lectionary: 59 Read: John 17: 1-11a Gospel Summary In John's Gospel, Jesus gives many instructions to his disciples following the Last Supper they share together. Moments before their time in Gethsemane, Jesus lifts his eyes in a prayer sometimes called the Priestly Prayer. Jesus makes clear in the prayer that he knows his time on earth is coming to an...

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Ascension of the Lord, Year A

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Lectionary: 58 Read: Matthew 28:16-20 Gospel Summary The Gospel reading today concludes the Book of Matthew. It was at this point that Jesus, knowing he was about to return to the Father, commissioned the apostles to carry the message of the Good News into the whole world. They would baptize, make more disciples, and teach the message Jesus had taught...

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Pentecost Sunday, Year A

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Lectionary: 63 Read: John 20:19-23 Gospel Summary Because we are celebrating the sending down of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, you may want to also consider the second reading for 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13. In this reading Paul helps us understand the Gifts of the Spirit. There are many gifts of the Spirit, Paul explained, although they all come...

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year

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Lectionary: 168 Read: Mark 14:12-16, 22-26   Gospel Summary Mark describes for his community the words and actions of Jesus at the Last Supper. Scholars believe that the words are more an attempt on Mark's part to help his early Christian community understand the Eucharist than they are the actual words spoken by Jesus. Still they help us understand...

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

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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 was hard for the people of Jesus' day (and still hard for us today, too) to understand what Jesus...

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

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Lectionary: 591 (Mass During the Day) 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 decisions for the Church community. God promised to stand behind Peter's decisions...

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