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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    

First Sunday of Advent, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 3 Read: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Gospel Summary Exactly what will happen with the moon and stars and sun, is not known, but this Gospel makes clear that we will recognize some cosmic change when Jesus returns. The Gospel encourages us to not be afraid but to be ready. Specifically, Jesus told his listeners not to get caught up in the busyness of...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

Second Sunday of Advent, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 6 Read: Luke 3:1-6 Gospel Summary Luke was very thorough in placing the beginning of John the Baptist’s ministry within a historical context. He set John’s ministry in time by telling who the leaders were in the region. John’s role was to prepare the way for Jesus and to proclaim a theme of repentance for those who would follow Jesus. Like a...

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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...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A    

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...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A    

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...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A    

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...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A    

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