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Christ the King, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 161 Read: John 18:33b-37 Gospel Summary Generally, we do not find the title “Christ the King” in any of the Gospels, but here in John, Jesus accepted the title even though it was given to him with misunderstanding. Pilate mistook the title as political. Jesus corrected him by saying that his kingdom was not of this world. Through the title of...

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 158 Read: Mark 13:24-32 Gospel Summary Mark’s community lived in a time of persecution, uneasiness and discouragement. They needed hope and Mark supplied it in his presentation of Jesus just before the story of his passion, death and resurrection. Some people call this portion of Mark’s Gospel “Little Apocalypse” because it refers to events...

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 125 Read: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Gospel Summary The religious leaders criticized some of the Jesus’ disciples claiming that they did not wash their hands before eating. The ritual was intended to give special care to food offered to God as opposed to “regular” or common food of the general population. Jesus pointed out to these leaders that...

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 128 Read: Mark 7:31-37 Gospel Summary Many people did not want to hear the words of Jesus, but the deaf-mute, perhaps a symbol of the Gentiles, wanted to hear and speak. He was brought by friends who also had faith in Jesus’ healing power. Jesus touched the man’s ears and anointed his tongue with spittle. Looking toward heaven, Jesus...

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 131 Read: Mark 8:27-35 Gospel Summary At the point of today’s reading in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus begins his journey to the cross and resurrection. It is clear that the disciples finally understand that Jesus is the messiah, but they still see this role as one of royal earthly glory. When Jesus corrects this image and explains that the Son of man...

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 134 Read: Mark 9:30-37 Gospel Summary Jesus continued to try to help the disciples understand what was in store for him, but they couldn’t see it. As a matter of fact, so great was their misunderstanding that they argued among themselves about who would be first in this kingdom of Jesus. Patiently, Jesus tried again to explain. Gathering in a...

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 137 Read: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 Gospel Summary Jesus taught his disciples two different things in today’s gospel. First, when John came to him saying that someone, not one of them, was exorcizing demons in Jesus’ name, Jesus explained that anyone who was not against them was with them. If the person acted in Jesus’ name, he would not be...

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 140 Read the Gospel: Mark 10:2-16 Gospel Summary At the beginning of this gospel, Jesus reminded his listeners of what God’s original plan was for marriage. A man and a woman were to be united and live as one. It was simple. But as relationships developed, marriage must have been as complicated then as it is now because Moses had to make...

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 143 Read: Mark 10:17-30 Gospel Summary Like many of us, the man in today’s gospel lived a good life and was obedient to God. He probably felt pretty confident in what Jesus’ answer would be when he asked what he had to do in order to be part of God’s Kingdom. Jesus questioned him asking if the man lived according to God’s laws. The man was a...

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 146 Read: Mark 10:35-45 Gospel Summary Unable to shed their understanding of hierarchy, the disciples continued to wonder who would be first in Jesus’ Kingdom. Some disciples wondered where they would sit, in what order they would enter, and who would be greatest. In today’s gospel, Zebedee’s sons, James and John were wondering about such...

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