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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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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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Sundays during Ordinary Time II, Year B

by : RCLB

11th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B Lectionary: 92 (The Sower) Gospel:  Mark 4: 26–34 Adults:  What is the “good soil” that allows my faith to grow like a mustard seed? Children:  How do I help my faith grow like the mustard seed? 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B Lectionary: 95 (Quite! Be Still) Gospel: Mark 4: 35–...

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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    

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 168B Read: Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 Gospel Summary Mark describes for his community the words and actions of Jesus at the Last Supper. Scripture scholars believe that the words were meant by Mark to help the early Christian community to understand the Eucharist. While they may not be the exact words spoken by Jesus, they help us understand that...

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 95 Read: Mark 4:35-41 Gospel Summary Many people believe that Mark tells this story of the storm at sea to the people of the early Church for a specific purpose. As the story unfolds, Jesus has just left the crowds of Galilee with his disciples and is crossing the Sea of Galilee. Jesus has fallen asleep in the bow of the boat when a sudden...

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 98B Read: Mark 5:21-43 Gospel Summary Today’s Gospel reading contains two stories that feature the healing ministry of Jesus. In the first story Jairus falls at Jesus’ feet and begs Jesus to go and lay hands on his daughter, who is at the point of death. In the second story the woman who had been long afflicted with a hemorrhage touches Jesus...

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