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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 151 Read the Gospel: Matthew 23: 1-12 Gospel Summary Some, not all, of the Jewish leaders wanted people to recognize them for the high position they held. They wanted to sit in the best seats at banquets and in the synagogues. They wanted people to make a fuss over them when they met, so they were certain to wear clothing and items that would...

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 154 Read the Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13 Gospel Summary Jesus told the story about ten maidens waiting for a bridegroom to return home with his new bride. Most likely he had been delayed at her home working out the negotiations for her with the bride's father. Five of the maidens came with enough oil to keep their lamps burning through the night...

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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...

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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 93 Read the Gospel: Luke 7:36—8:3 Gospel Summary There is no doubt that Simon, the Pharisee, prided himself in his religion. He followed the laws and thought himself a very devout person. Therefore, it bothered him that such a sinful woman would join the dinner in his home. It especially annoyed him that his guest, Jesus, allowed her to stay...

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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...

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 99 Read the Gospel: Luke 9:51-62 Gospel Summary Jesus began his return and final journey to Jerusalem in today's Gospel. He first had to go through Samaria where he was most unwelcome because he was traveling to Jerusalem's temple where the Samaritans would not go. The irony of this inhospitality is that Jesus would not be welcomed in the...

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 102 Read the Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 Gospel Summary Jesus sent out seventy-two disciples to spread the Good News and continue the work Jesus had begun. They had not yet experienced the Good News of the resurrection, but following Jesus, they proclaimed that the Kingdom of God was at hand and healed the sick. Jesus had them pack light,...

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 105 Read the Gospel: Luke 10:25-37 Gospel Summary Jesus was tested by a lawyer who wanted to prove that he was a good person. Assuming that he knew the answer, he asked Jesus what one must do to have eternal life. Jesus coaxed from the man what was the greatest commandment: To love our neighbor as we love ourselves. But the man asked Jesus to...

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 108 Read the Gospel: Luke 10:38-42 Gospel Summary Jesus upset a few Jewish norms in this Gospel about Mary and Martha. First it was unusual for a single man to be a guest in the home of a single woman, and secondly, it was usually the most acclaimed male student of a rabbi who received tutoring such as Mary. It was not the break in these...

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Lectionary: 111 Read the Gospel: Luke 11:1-13 Gospel Summary This Gospel reminds us of three things. First of all the disciples asked Jesus how to pray and he gave them a model we call the Our Father. Jesus gave the disciples a form of prayer that praises and petitions God. Next there was the example of a friend who came in the middle of the night to...

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