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The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 668 Read the Gospel: John 6:37-40 Gospel Summary In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus makes it clear he has come down from Heaven to do the will of God the Father. And the will of God the Father is that all people who believe in Jesus will have eternal life and will be raised up on the last day. Reflection for Parents Families often choose this...

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Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 671 Read the Gospel: John 2:13-22 Gospel Summary In the first part of today’s Gospel, Jesus finds that the Temple in Jerusalem is being used for purposes other than prayer and worship. He fashions a whip out of cords and drives out the vendors and the moneychangers. He speaks of destroying the temple and raising it up. The people thought he...

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 157 Read: Matthew 25:14-30 Gospel Summary In this story, a man went away on a journey. He must have been very wealthy because he entrusted large portions of his money to three of his servants. The first two servants invested the money during the master's absence and it yielded great returns. The third servant, however, was fearful of...

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Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 160 Read: Matthew 25:31-46 Gospel Summary On this final Sunday of the Church year, the feast of Christ the King, we learn most definitely how our lives will be measured. They will be measured by the love we show. Whenever we offer a drink of water to the thirsty, food to the hungry, clothing to the naked, or whenever we visit the sick or...

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 121 Read: Matthew 16:13-20 Gospel Summary In this gospel, Peter named Jesus as the Messiah. Later Jesus named Peter as the foundation of the earthly Church and gave him the keys of power. Peter was to be like the steward of a palace making decisions for the Church community. God promised to stand behind Peter's decisions. Reflection for...

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 124 Read: Matthew 16:21-27 Gospel Summary Jesus told his apostles about the suffering he would endure. Peter, speaking for the group, simply couldn't believe that the great Messiah who would save Israel would have to go through such degrading events. Peter was thinking only in human terms and not about God's ways. Reflection for Families Like...

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 127 Read: Matthew 18:15-20 Gospel Summary Jesus set for his followers a three-step procedure for reconciling differences among the community. In the first step we are told to go one-on-one to the person and try to work out the problem. If that doesn't work, we are to take some witnesses, or in the final case, bring the offender before...

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 638 Read: John 3:13-17 Gospel Summary John 3:16 is quoted often and many people claim it as their favorite passage in all the Bible. It is where John tells us that God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that those who believed would have eternal life. This passage expresses the essence of God's love for us. It was not that...

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 133 Read: Matthew 20:1-16a Gospel Summary The vineyard owner hired five groups of laborers. Each subsequent group began work later in the day. When the owner hired the first group, they agreed on a fair wage. At the end of the day, he called in the workers and began paying them, the last ones first. Of course, the early morning crew saw the...

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 136 Read: Matthew 21:28-32 Gospel Summary Jesus pointed out to chief priest and elders that they had not believed John nor had they changed their hearts after seeing Jesus. They were like the son who said "yes" to his father's request to work in the vineyard. Even though he said he would, the son did not work. The father's second son (...

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