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Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A, primary

by : RCLB

Primary Session Matthew 1:18-24 Opening Prayer Let us pray. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Opening Life Reflection The theme for today is God’s presence in the world through the...

Posted in: Sessions A    

Immaculate Conception, Catechist

by : RCLB

Catechist Background and Preparation To prepare for the session, read all the readings. Genesis 3:9-15, 20 Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 Luke 1:26-38 Spend a few minutes reflecting on what these readings mean for you today. Was there a particular reading which appealed to you? Was there a word or image that engaged you? Read the Word in...

Posted in: Sessions A, Sessions B, Sessions C    

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Years ABC

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 689 Read the Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 Gospel Summary God shows favor to Mary and this is a rather remarkable thing since she is not very high up the social ladder of her day. It is after all Joseph who is a direct descendant of David. Mary can't even claim a noble ancestry. She is woman and a young and poor one at that. She cannot even find...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A, Gospel Reflections B, Gospel Reflections C    

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 12 Read: Luke 1:39-45 Gospel Summary Luke tells us much in this account of Mary's visit to Elizabeth. Mary went to Judah to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, who knew nothing of Mary's pregnancy before their encounter. Yet Elizabeth knew that there was something special about Mary and the baby she carried. This is made clear by her calling Mary...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

First Sunday of Advent, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 2 Read the Gospel: Mark 13:33-37 Gospel Summary We are reminded in today's gospel that the world as we know it will pass away, and God's Kingdom will come in full. Jesus tells a parable about a master who went away and left each of his servants with a specific task to do. No one knew when the owner would return, just as no one can know when...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Second Sunday of Advent, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 5 Read the Gospel: Mark 1:1-8 Gospel Summary The Messiah is foretold in Second Isaiah and the words of John the Baptist continue the foretelling during Advent. Just as the Jewish exiles were filled with hope and led home, John the Baptist filled his followers with hope if they would only first repent and then share the Good News. He told the...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Third Sunday of Advent, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 8 Read the Gospel:  John 1:6-8, 19-28 Gospel Summary The Jewish leaders questioned John the Baptist asking who he was. They even took a few guesses themselves suggesting that he was the Messiah, Elijah, or a prophet. John had his own following who would have been glad to acknowledge him in any of these three categories, but John made it clear...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 11 Read the Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 Gospel Summary Jesus' birth is foretold in this gospel where Gabriel comes to Mary and announces that within her she has the king that Israel has long awaited. To have found favor with God surprises Mary, a woman with none of the qualities valued in her society. She was female, young, poor, and didn't even...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Sundays during Advent, Year B

by : RCLB

First Sunday of Advent, Year B Lectionary: 2 Gospel: Mark 13: 33-37 Adults:            At this time, how faithful do you feel you are being to God’s plan for you? Children:        What good thing might God be asking you to do right now? Second Sunday of Advent, Year B Lectionary: 5 Gospel: Mark 1:1-8 Adults:             With whom could you be more...

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Third Sunday of Advent, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 9 Read: Luke 3:10-18 Gospel Summary The crowds approached John the Baptist and asked how they should live in order to be ready to follow the Messiah. John responded by telling them to share and to not take more than they are entitled to. The people wondered if John might be the Messiah for whom they had been waiting, but he cleared up any...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

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