Your catechetical library for the liturgical year

Gospel Reflections B

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

by :

Lectionary: 89B Read: Mark 3:20-35 Gospel Summary Jesus was a troubling and upsetting figure for many, including those in his own family. His preaching and healing caused people to question the origin of his authority and his sanity. In today’s Gospel, Jesus addresses those who think that he is possessed by the devil. He challenges them to seek...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

by :

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,...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

by :

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...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, Years ABC

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 587 (Mass during the Day) Read the Gospel: Luke 1:57-66, 80 Gospel Summary Today’s Gospel reading begins with the story of the birth of John the Baptist. Relatives and friends of his parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, already had a sense that this child was destined for great things. To begin, Elizabeth gave birth well beyond her childbearing...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A, Gospel Reflections B, Gospel Reflections C    

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

by : RCLB

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...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A, Gospel Reflections B, Gospel Reflections C    

Annunciation of the Lord, Years ABC

by : RCLB

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...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A, Gospel Reflections B, Gospel Reflections C    

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Years ABC

by : RCLB

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...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A, Gospel Reflections B, Gospel Reflections C    

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Years ABC

by : RCLB

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...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A, Gospel Reflections B, Gospel Reflections C    

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 113B Read: John 6:24-35 Gospel Summary The crowd in today’s Gospel showed faith in Jesus. They got into boats and traveled to find him. They called him Rabbi, meaning “Teacher.” But at the same time, they had some doubts. They wanted some sign from Jesus that would prove once and for all who he was and what he could do. Jesus tells them again...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 92B Read: Mark 4:26-34 Gospel Summary The fourth chapter of Mark’s Gospel focuses entirely on parables. In the first part of the Gospel, Seed Grows of Itself, Jesus is pointing out that the growth of the Kingdom of God is a hidden reality that operates under God’s power rather than through human work and effort. In the second part of the...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Pages