Gospel Reflections B

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year B

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Lectionary: 35 Read the Gospel: John 12:20-33 Gospel Summary In today’s Gospel, Jesus announces, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” But this glorification will take place only after his suffering and Death on the Cross. Jesus uses the example of a grain of wheat that only produces fruit when it falls to the ground and dies. He...

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Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion, Year B

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Lectionary: 37 and 38 Read the Gospel: Mark 14:1--15:47 Gospel Summary Mark’s account of the Passion is the shortest of the Gospel accounts and is known for its swift impact and drama. It begins with an unnamed woman pouring costly perfumed oil on Jesus’ head and includes accounts of the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples praying in Gethsemane, Jesus’...

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 65 Read the Gospel: John 1:35-42 Gospel Summary In today’s Gospel Jesus begins to call his disciples. The first two to be called were disciples of John, who pointed out to them that Jesus was the Lamb of God. Andrew, one of the two, then brought his brother Simon to Jesus, saying that Jesus was the Messiah. Those who responded to Jesus’ call...

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 68 Read the Gospel: Mark 1:14-20 Gospel Summary Jesus continues to call disciples to come and follow him. Simon and Andrew left their nets to follow him. James and John left their nets, their father, and their hired men to follow him. Jesus’ presence and Jesus’ words moved these men to leave everything behind, even though they did not fully...

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First Sunday of Advent, Year B

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Lectionary: 2 Read the Gospel: Mark 13:33-37 Gospel Summary Jesus warns his disciples to be watchful and alert. He tells the story of a man who traveled abroad and placed his servants in charge. Each servant had his own work to do, and the gatekeeper’s task was to be on watch for the man’s return. In the same way we are to watch for the Lord’s return,...

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Second Sunday of Advent, Year B

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Lectionary: 5 Read the Gospel: Mark 1:1-8 Gospel Summary Today’s Gospel passage is from the beginning of the Gospel according to Mark. The coming of John the Baptist is foretold in the verses quoted from the book of the prophet Isaiah: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. John the Baptist did indeed prepare the way of...

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Third Sunday of Advent, Year B

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Lectionary: 8 Read the Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28 Gospel Summary Today’s Gospel reading is taken from the first chapter of John. The passage has many parallels to last week’s Gospel. It begins by telling us that John the Baptist “was not the light, but came to testify to the light.” John the Baptist himself makes it clear that he is not the Christ. He...

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B

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Lectionary: 11 Read the Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 Gospel Summary The angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will conceive and bear a son and name him Jesus. Mary does not understand how this can be, and the angel explains that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and “the power of the Most High will overshadow [her].” Gabriel then tells Mary that Elizabeth,...

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Nativity of the Lord (Mass during the Night)

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Lectionary: 14ABC (Mass at Midnight) Read the Gospel: Luke 2:1-14 Gospel Summary In today’s Gospel reading, we are once again reminded that God shows no partiality to persons according to their social status and means. Jesus—the King of Kings and Lord of Lords—is not born to royalty, nor is he born in a castle. He is born to the carpenter Joseph and his...

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Feast of the Holy Family, Year B

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Lectionary: 17 Read the Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 Gospel Summary In today’s Gospel, Mary and Joseph—obedient Jewish parents—present Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem. There they meet Simeon, a holy man who blesses God for having seen with his own eyes Christ the Lord. Mary and Joseph also meet the prophetess, Anna, who worships in the Temple day and night. She...

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