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Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 49 Read: John 10:1-10 Gospel Summary Using the image of shepherd and sheep, Jesus made an analogy for us to listen to the voice of God. Sometimes we are distracted by other voices that Jesus called "thieves." These thieves rob us of our desire to follow Jesus. True sheep, however, know the voice of the shepherd. The shepherd provides safety...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A    

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 52 Read: John 14:1-12 Gospel Summary During Jesus' Last Supper, Jesus explained to the disciples what was to happen next in God's plan. Jesus would no longer be visibly among them, but would return to the Father. In heaven, Jesus would prepare a place for each of us to come when he returned to get us. In his discussion, Jesus also made it...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A    

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 55 Read: John 14:15-21 Gospel Summary At the Last Supper Jesus told his apostles he would be leaving them to return to the Father. In today's Gospel, he reassures them and us that we will not be alone. The Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples and is with each of us as a special helper and friend until Jesus returns to us. In the meantime, we...

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Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 59 Read: John 17: 1-11a Gospel Summary In John's Gospel, Jesus gives many instructions to his disciples following the Last Supper they share together. Moments before their time in Gethsemane, Jesus lifts his eyes in a prayer sometimes called the Priestly Prayer. Jesus makes clear in the prayer that he knows his time on earth is coming to an...

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Ascension of the Lord, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 58 Read: 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 the whole world. They would baptize, make more disciples, and teach the message Jesus had taught...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections A    

Pentecost Sunday, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 63 Read: John 20:19-23 Gospel Summary Because we are celebrating the sending down of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, you may want to also consider the second reading for 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13. In this reading Paul helps us understand the Gifts of the Spirit. There are many gifts of the Spirit, Paul explained, although they all come...

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Second Sunday of Easter, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 45 Read: John 20:19-31 Gospel Summary Following Jesus’ crucifixion the disciples were still uncertain of his message. They lost hope, were filled with fear, and locked themselves in a room. Without entering through the door, Jesus appeared before them with a greeting of peace and a mission to spread the Good News. The disciple, Thomas, was...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

Third Sunday of Easter, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 48 Read: John 21:1-19 Gospel Summary For the third time since his resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples. It seems that the disciples had returned to their former lives—those they had lived before they left to follow Jesus—because they were fishing in the Sea of Galilee. Jesus stood on the shore and called out to the men in the boat...

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Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 51 Read: John 10:27-30 Gospel Summary There are two notions that need to be taken on faith as they are presented in the Gospel passage where Jesus identifies himself as the Good Shepherd.  The first mystery is that those who are given the gift of faith to hear the invitation Jesus presents, will follow him.  The second mystery involves the...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 54 Read: John 13:31a-33a, 34-35 Gospel Summary While Jesus was with his disciples at the Last Supper, he pointed toward his future glory following his death and resurrection where he would be reunited with his Father in heaven. He also gave the disciples a command: to love one another. But the disciples didn’t have to figure out how to do...

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