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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

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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

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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

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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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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Lectionary: 100 Read: Matthew 11:25-30 Gospel Summary Jesus called those who would follow him "infants." Compared to the Scribes and Pharisees they lacked social standing and religious expertise, but these infants were open to understanding. It was the "wise" who were prevented from hearing Jesus' message because they were arrogant about their position...

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Lectionary: 103 Read: Matthew 13:1-23 Gospel Summary While we call this Gospel, "The Parable of the Sower," it is much more about the seed than the farmer. Although there will be obstacles to telling others the Good News, the message will be received by many. Some of the sower's seeds fell on rocky ground, on paths where people walked and among thorns....

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Lectionary: 106 Read: Matthew 13:24-43 Gospel Summary This Gospel is a way of explaining why there is good and evil in the world today. As Jesus explained in the parable, the weeds (or evil) are allowed to grow with the wheat (or good). Only at the harvest (the end time) would God separate the good from the evil just as the farmer will separate the wheat...

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Easter Sunday, Year A

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Lectionary: 42 Read: John 20:1-9 Gospel Summary On Friday afternoon when Jesus died, the women had not been able to finish the customary preparation for burial. The Sabbath began at sundown on Friday, so Mary of Magdala hurried to the tomb Sunday morning to complete her task. She found the tomb empty. Certain that Jesus' body had been stolen, she ran...

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Sunday of Divine Mercy, Year A

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Lectionary: 43 Read: John 20:19-31 Gospel Summary Following Jesus' crucifixion the disciples were still uncertain of his message. They lost hope and in fear 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 not in the room....

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Third Sunday of Easter, Year A

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Lectionary: 46 Read: Luke 24:13-35 Gospel Summary Despondent and discouraged, two of Jesus' apostles walked from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They talked on their way about the events that had occurred in the past several days. A stranger joined them, actually Jesus, but they didn't recognize him at first. Jesus asked the apostles what they had been discussing,...

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