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The Transfiguration of the Lord, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 614 Read the Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9 Gospel Summary Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up a mountain. When they arrive at the top, Jesus’ face and clothes are transfigured to be a shining bright light. Then Moses and Elijah appeared, talking with Jesus. Peter suggests that they should put up three tents. While they were there, a cloud came...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A    

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 21 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 Gospel Summary Jesus came to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. At first John objected and said that it was he, John, who should be baptized by Jesus. Jesus indicated a future baptism when he responded to John saying that it was fitting for John to baptize Jesus. John acquiesced and at the...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

Transfiguration of the Lord, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 614 Read: Mark 9:2-10 Gospel Summary Peter, James and John, often described as the inner circle of disciples, were on the mountaintop with Jesus when something extraordinary happened. They saw Jesus become white, light, and bright, in a way that was not earthly possible. Some scholars explain this experience as a "preview" of Jesus at the...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 671 Read the Gospel: John 2: 13-22 Gospel Summary It is not clear what precipitated Jesus' reaction at the temple. In what would appear to be a fit of anger, Jesus used a whip to drive out the animals, and overturned tables sending coins, people, and animals scurrying in all directions. The people took Jesus' words literally and because of...

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

Baptism of Our Lord, Year C, Catechists

by : RCLB

To prepare for the session, read all the readings. Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Psalm 29: 1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10 Acts 10:34-38 Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 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 Liturgy and Catholic Doctrine...

Posted in: Sessions C    

Baptism of Our Lord, Year C, Intermediate

by : RCLB

Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 Opening Prayer Let us pray as we have been baptized. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Lord God, in baptism we die with Christ to rise again in him. Strengthen us through your Spirit to walk in the newness of life as your adopted children.   Opening Life Reflection The theme for...

Posted in: Sessions C    

Baptism of Our Lord, Year C, Junior High

by : RCLB

Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 Opening Prayer Let us pray as we have been baptized. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Creator God, our baptism calls us to take on the mission of Jesus. Help us to live our Baptism. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen. Opening Life Reflection The theme for today is Baptism...

Posted in: Sessions C    

Baptism of Our Lord, Year C, Primary

by : RCLB

Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 Opening Prayer Let us pray. Dear God, thank you for sharing your life with us at Baptism. Help us to always live as your children. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen. Opening Life Reflection The theme for today is Baptism and mission.  Begin by inviting the children to create cards for those who will be baptized, welcoming...

Posted in: Sessions C    

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 21 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 Gospel Summary Jesus came to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. At first John objected and said that it was he, John, who should be baptized by Jesus. Jesus indicated a future baptism when he responded to John saying that it was fitting for John to baptize Jesus. John acquiesced and at the...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A    

Feast of the Holy Family, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 17 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 Gospel Summary When the Magi left the Holy Family in Bethlehem, Joseph was warned in a dream to take Mary and Jesus into Egypt because Herod was looking to destroy the child. Following Herod’s death, another angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and informed him that it was now safe to return to...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A