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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 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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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 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

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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 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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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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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

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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

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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...

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 110B Read: John: 6:1-15 Gospel Summary Today’s Gospel reading is a familiar one. The crowds continue to follow Jesus, and he is concerned about feeding them. The disciples do not have enough food or money to provide for the crowds. A boy provides the start of the meal that will feed the multitudes—five loaves and two fish. From a humble...

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 116B Read: John 6:41-51 Gospel Summary The crowds in last week’s Gospel had faith in Jesus, and at the same time they doubted him. In today’s Gospel, the Jews doubt that Jesus is who he says he is. They know that he is the son of Joseph and Mary, but they cannot explain—and therefore have a hard time believing—that he had come down from...

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 119B Read: John 6:51-58 Gospel Summary In today’s Gospel, the Jews continue to struggle with Jesus’ words. Jesus again says that he is the living bread that has come down from heaven, and adds that we must eat his flesh and drink his blood in order to have eternal life. The Jews, thinking in literal terms, do not understand what this means or...

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