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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...

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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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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 168 Read: Mark 14:12-16, 22-26   Gospel Summary Mark describes for his community the words and actions of Jesus at the Last Supper. Scholars believe that the words are more an attempt on Mark's part to help his early Christian community understand the Eucharist than they are the actual words spoken by Jesus. Still they help us understand...

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 167 Read: John: 6:51-58 Gospel Summary As much as Jesus' listeners didn't understand how Jesus could really mean that they were to eat his body and drink his blood, Jesus made it very clear that that was precisely what he did mean. Once again, it was hard for the people of Jesus' day (and still hard for us today, too) to understand what Jesus...

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 591 (Mass During the Day) Read: Matthew 16:13-19 Gospel Summary Peter named Jesus as the Messiah in this Gospel. 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...

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Easter Sunday, Year A

by : RCLB

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

by : RCLB

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

by : RCLB

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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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...

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 79 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48 Gospel Summary In this Sunday proclamation, we continue to hear from Matthew's Gospel account of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus calls us to holiness. Jesus' preaching does not devalue the Mosaic Law, but reveals the heart of God's Law. To observe God's Law, we are to live a life of holiness. We are...

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