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Gospel Reflections A

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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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 told them that the poor would be rich, the hungry would be filled, and...

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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

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Lectionary: 524 Read the Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 Gospel Summary In today’s Gospel we read that Mary and Joseph honored God’s law by taking Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem in order to present him to the Lord. There we encounter Simeon, a man of great faith who believed in God’s promise that he would see the Christ of the Lord before he died. We are also...

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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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 references in his Gospel like the one today in which prophecies of...

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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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 with the title for Jesus, “Lamb of God,” because we hear it in our Eucharistic prayers during...

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year A

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Lectionary: 21 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 Gospel Summary Jesus came to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. At first John objected and said that it was he, John, who should be baptized by Jesus. Jesus indicated a future baptism when he responded to John saying that it was fitting for John to baptize Jesus. John acquiesced and at the...

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Solemnity of the Epiphany, Years ABC

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Lectionary: 20 Read the Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 Gospel Summary The Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, asking the whereabouts of the newborn king of the Jews. Herod was troubled by this news of the birth, as was all of Jerusalem. He sent the Magi to Bethlehem to search for the child, asking that they bring the child to him so that he could do the...

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Feast of the Holy Family, Year A

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Lectionary: 17 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 Gospel Summary When the Magi left the Holy Family in Bethlehem, Joseph was warned in a dream to take Mary and Jesus into Egypt because Herod was looking to destroy the child. Following Herod’s death, another angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and informed him that it was now safe to return to...

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A

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Lectionary: 10 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24 Gospel Summary Matthew recounts the circumstances of Jesus’ birth by telling us the story of Mary’s engagement to Joseph and the child she carried originating from the Holy Spirit. This reality made no sense to Joseph, but he did not want to dishonor Mary so he planed to quietly divorce her. An angel...

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Third Sunday of Advent, Year A

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Lectionary: 7 Read: Matthew 11:2-11 Gospel Summary John the Baptist had disciples of his own and while in prison he sent some of them to Jesus. At John's request, the disciples asked Jesus if he was the Messiah or were they to wait for another. Jesus did not answer them directly, but pointed to the miracles he had performed in the name of God's love. If...

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Second Sunday of Advent, Year A

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Lectionary: 4 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12 Gospel Summary In Matthew’s Gospel, we learn of John’s continued warning for us to be ready for Jesus when he comes again. It is not enough that we are sons and daughters of Abraham, but by our own desire, we want to live a life pleasing to God. The Gospel challenges us to bear fruit. It was not enough...

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