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Gospel Reflections B

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 89 Read:  Mark 3:20 - 35 Gospel Summary Today’s gospel begins and ends with the theme of family, which is sandwiched between a dispute about the relationship of Jesus to the world of demonic power.   The gospel begins with the family of Jesus questioning his sanity.  For many, the message that Jesus proclaimed was troubling and upsetting, and...

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Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 86 Read: Mark 2:23—3:6 Gospel Summary The focus of today’s gospel is the command to keep holy the Lord’s Day, which is an expression of the love and goodness of God. The gospel recounts two events that happened on a Sabbath — the disciples of Jesus picking grain to eat and Jesus curing a man with a withered hand.  On both of these occasions,...

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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 83 Read the Gospel: Mark 2:18-22 Gospel Summary The gospel begins with the question of fasting.  It was important in Jewish culture to fast, and so the Pharisees ask Jesus why his disciples do not fast.  Jesus responds using the image of the bride and bridegroom.  When you are at the wedding feast, you do not fast.  It is a time to celebrate...

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Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, Years ABC

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Lectionary: 587 (Mass during the Day) Read the Gospel: Luke 1:57-66, 80 Gospel Summary Earlier in Luke's gospel we learn that Elizabeth and Zechariah are elderly, but miraculously are expecting a baby. When an angel tells Zechariah that he will have a son, Zechariah questions how that can be. Because he questioned the angel, he was silenced until the...

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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 Gospel Summary After a long list of lineage, Matthew explains in this gospel passage that Jesus is the son of Joseph who descended from David's throne. Joseph was promised to Mary in marriage and that promise at the time of Mary and Joseph, meant almost the same thing as being married. If a person...

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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 Mary, now pregnant with Jesus, went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth. Elizabeth, too, carried a baby who would later be known as John the Baptist. When Mary greeted her cousin, John leaped for joy in his mother's womb. Luke used this image to let his audience know that John recognized Jesus as...

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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 God shows favor to Mary and this is a rather remarkable thing since she is not very high up the social ladder of her day. It is after all Joseph who is a direct descendant of David. Mary can't even claim a noble ancestry. She is woman and a young and poor one at that. She cannot even find...

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 113 Read: John 6:24-35 Gospel Summary Even though the crowd in today’s Gospel had enough faith in Jesus—whom they called Rabbi, or “Teacher”—that they got into boats and went to Capernaum looking for him, still they had that small kernel of doubt in who he was. Yet again, they asked him for a sign so that they might truly believe in him....

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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 92 Read: Mark 4:26-34 Gospel Summary The mustard seed is the smallest of seeds. While the early Christian community was small, this parable assures Mark’s readers that their efforts will be very fruitful in growing toward the Kingdom of God. Jesus preaches about that kingdom in today’s Gospel reading. He again uses everyday images—those of...

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