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Solemnity

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...

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

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    

Most Holy Trinity Sunday, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 166 Read the Gospel: John 16:12-15 Gospel Summary While the term trinity is more the result of early Christian communities than it is scripture, today's Gospel helps us see the interconnectedness of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This Gospel reveals Jesus' words at the Last Supper. The disciples could not understand the meaning of Jesus'...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 169 Read the Gospel: Luke 9:11b-17 Gospel Summary Jesus continued to teach the crowds that had gathered until late in the day when his disciples came to him and said that Jesus should let the crowd go so that they might find food and a place to stay. Jesus told the disciples to feed the crowd themselves, but they knew it would be impossible...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

Ascension of the Lord, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 58 Read the Gospel: Matthew 28:19a, 20b Gospel Summary Reminding the disciples of previous prophetic predictions, Jesus quotes the scriptures saying that the Christ will suffer and then rise from the dead. Letting them know that he is about to leave them, Jesus instructs the Apostles to continue the ministry which he began. They are to remain...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

Pentecost Sunday, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 63 Read the Gospel: John 20:19-23 Gospel Summary Because they still did not understand all that Jesus had told them, the disciples were huddled together, frightened, in a room. The doors locked, notwithstanding, Jesus entered the room and greeted the disciples with a sign of peace. Some have interpreted this sign of peace as more than the all...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

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...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Ascension of the Lord, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 58 Read the Gospel: Mark 16:15-20 Gospel Summary Most scholars believe this section was added to Mark's gospel in order to make it more compatible with the other gospel endings. Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, he commissioned the remaining eleven disciples to go into all the world and tell everyone they possibly could about the Good...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Pentecost Sunday, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 63A Read the Gospel: John 20:19-23 Gospel Summary There is much to be attentive to in today’s short Gospel reading. First, Jesus appears to his disciples and says to them, “Peace be with you.” Then he says, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” He concludes by breathing on them the Holy Spirit, saying, “Whose sins you forgive are...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Most Holy Trinity, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 165 Read the Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20 Gospel Summary The gospel reading today concludes the book of Matthew. It was at this point that Jesus, knowing he was about to return to the Father, commissioned the apostles to carry the message of the Good News into all the world. They would baptize, make more disciples, and teach the message Jesus had...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

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