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Lent

First Sunday of Lent, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 24 Read: Luke 4:1-13 Gospel Summary Each year, at the beginning of Lent, the lectionary has us hear the story of the devil tempting Jesus in the desert. This year we hear Luke's version. Following his baptism, Jesus went out into the desert for forty days during which time he ate nothing. Knowing that Jesus would be hungry, the devil tempted...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

Second Sunday of Lent, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 27 Read: Luke 9:28b-36 Gospel Summary Peter, James and John went with Jesus to pray on a mountain top. The disciples witnessed what we call the transfiguration where Jesus' face became radiant and his clothes dazzling white. Along with Jesus stood Moses and Elijah. The disciples had no idea what was happening and Peter, in his ignorance,...

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Sundays during Lent, Year B

by : RCLB

Ash Wednesday, Year B Lectionary: 219 (Purity of Heart) Gospel: Mark 6:1-6, 16-18 Adults: What good could I do this week without seeking acknowledgement or praise? Children: What good could I do this week without telling others what I have done? 1st Sunday of Lent, Year B Lectionary: 23 (An alliance with the Earth) Gospel: Mark 1:12–15 Adults: What daily...

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First Sunday of Lent, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 23 Read the Gospel: Mark 1:12-15 Gospel Summary Jesus trusted in God's promises. According to Mark's gospel, immediately after his baptism, Jesus was driven into the wilderness where he lived with the wild beasts for forty days and was tempted by Satan. Through those desolate days, Jesus was faithful to God. And at the end of the forty days,...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Second Sunday of Lent, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 26 Read the Gospel: Mark 9:2-10 Gospel Summary The closest we can come to understanding the resurrection, is through the transfiguration of Jesus described in today's gospel. Only after the resurrection could the three disciples understand what they saw that day on the mountaintop. Peter, James, and John, often described as the inner circle...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Third Sunday of Lent, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 29 Read the Gospel: John 2:13-25 Gospel Summary It is not clear to scholars exactly 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 people, animals, and coins scurrying in all directions. The people took Jesus' words literally...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections B    

Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 32 Read the Gospel: John 3:14-21 Gospel Summary God's love is clearly demonstrated in this gospel reading. Some people of Jesus' time had shallow faith and would believe only if they saw signs of God's power. Jesus helped his listeners recall an event in which God instructed Moses to lift up a bronze serpent. Anyone who looked at the snake...

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Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 35 Read the Gospel: John 12:20-33 Gospel Summary Jesus announces that the hour is near when God will glorify him. Jesus knows that his earthly ministry will end and that he must endure the cross before he returns to be glorified by his father. In a way to help his disciples understand what must happen, Jesus compares the phenomena to a grain...

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First Sunday of Lent, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 22 Read Sunday's Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 Gospel Summary Following his baptism in the Jordan River, Jesus went out to the desert to pray and understand God's will. He was alone in the desert for 40 days and nights. Satan waited until Jesus emerged from the desert before tempting Jesus to use his powers. Of course, Jesus was hungry after fasting...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A    

Second Sunday of Lent, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 25 Read Sunday's Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9 Gospel Summary The second Sunday of Lent always gives us an account of the transfiguration. Jesus asked Peter, James and John to go with him to the mountain top. While they were there, Jesus was transfigured and became dazzling white before them. Along with Jesus stood Moses and Elijah. The voice of God...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A    

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