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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 Gospel Summary After a long list of lineage, Matthew explains in this gospel passage that Jesus is the son of Joseph who descended from David's throne. Joseph was promised to Mary in marriage and that promise at the time of Mary and Joseph, meant almost the same thing as being married. If a person...

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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...

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 Mary, now pregnant with Jesus, went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth. Elizabeth, too, carried a baby who would later be known as John the Baptist. When Mary greeted her cousin, John leaped for joy in his mother's womb. Luke used this image to let his audience know that John recognized Jesus as...

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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 Earlier in Luke's gospel we learn that Elizabeth and Zechariah are elderly, but miraculously are expecting a baby. When an angel tells Zechariah that he will have a son, Zechariah questions how that can be. Because he questioned the angel, he was silenced until the...

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 113 Read: John 6:24-35 Gospel Summary Even though the crowd in today’s Gospel had enough faith in Jesus—whom they called Rabbi, or “Teacher”—that they got into boats and went to Capernaum looking for him, still they had that small kernel of doubt in who he was. Yet again, they asked him for a sign so that they might truly believe in him....

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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: 92 Read: Mark 4:26-34 Gospel Summary The mustard seed is the smallest of seeds. While the early Christian community was small, this parable assures Mark’s readers that their efforts will be very fruitful in growing toward the Kingdom of God. Jesus preaches about that kingdom in today’s Gospel reading. He again uses everyday images—those of...

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

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 168 Read: Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 Gospel Summary Mark describes for his community the words and actions of Jesus at the Last Supper. Scholars believe that the words are more an attempt on Mark's part to help his early Christian community understand the Eucharist than they are the actual words spoken by Jesus. Still 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: 98 Read: Mark 5:21-43 Gospel Summary Mark tells two stories at the same time in this Gospel. First of all in the crowd, a woman who had been suffering with an illness for many years, touched Jesus' robe and was immediately healed. At the same time, walking with Jesus in the crowd is Jairus, a prominent official of the synagogue. Jairus had...

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