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Third Sunday of Advent, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 9C Read: Luke 3:10-18 Gospel Summary In today’s Gospel reading, those in the crowd, tax collectors, and soldiers all ask John the Baptist what they should do. In each response, and according to each group’s circumstance, John emphasizes keeping or taking only what is needed or prescribed. John also makes it clear to all that the Christ for...

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First Sunday of Advent, Year C

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Lectionary: 3C Read: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Gospel Summary Just a few weeks ago we heard a Gospel passage with a similar message. In the end times many unusual things will happen and people will be frightened, but the Son of Man will come with great power and glory to redeem his own. The second half of today’s Gospel reading stresses the importance of...

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Second Sunday of Advent, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 6C Read: Luke 3:1-6 Gospel Summary In today’s Gospel, Luke places the beginning of John the Baptist’s ministry within a historical context. He sets John’s ministry in time by telling us who were the rulers and leaders in the region. We recognize many of the names—Pontius Pilate, Herod, Annas, and Caiaphas. Into this time comes John,...

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 10 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24 Gospel Summary Matthew recounts the circumstances of Jesus’ birth by telling us the story of Mary’s engagement to Joseph and the child she carried originating from the Holy Spirit. This reality made no sense to Joseph, but he did not want to dishonor Mary so he planed to quietly divorce her. An angel...

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Third Sunday of Advent, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 7 Read: Matthew 11:2-11 Gospel Summary John the Baptist had disciples of his own and while in prison he sent some of them to Jesus. At John's request, the disciples asked Jesus if he was the Messiah or were they to wait for another. Jesus did not answer them directly, but pointed to the miracles he had performed in the name of God's love. If...

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Second Sunday of Advent, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 4 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12 Gospel Summary In Matthew’s Gospel, we learn of John’s continued warning for us to be ready for Jesus when he comes again. It is not enough that we are sons and daughters of Abraham, but by our own desire, we want to live a life pleasing to God. The Gospel challenges us to bear fruit. It was not enough...

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First Sunday of Advent, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 1 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44 Gospel Summary The emphasis of today’s Gospel is on the second coming of Jesus. Matthew refers to three events that show we do not know when Jesus will return, but the message is clear: we are to be ready! The first reference Matthew makes is to Noah and the flood. People were occupied with their daily...

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