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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 82 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34 Gospel Summary Matthew’s Gospel this week continues the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus encourages his disciples to notice how the Father cares for even the smallest of creatures, and assures them that their heavenly Father provides even more for their needs. Reflection for Parents It is easy to think that...

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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...

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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...

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Third Sunday of Lent, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 28 Read Sunday's Gospel: John 4:5-42 Gospel Summary Jesus approached a Samaritan woman at Jacob's well and asked her for a drink of water. This surprised the woman for several reasons. In the first place, it was unlikely that a man would ask a woman for anything and even more unbelievable that Jesus, a Jew, would ask something of a Samaritan...

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Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 31 Read Sunday's Gospel: John 9:1-41 Gospel Summary Using saliva and earth, Jesus made a paste to heal the blind man. The healing became a true conversion for the man, but created some problems for Jesus with the Jewish leaders. Because this healing took place on the Sabbath, the Pharisees accused Jesus of breaking Jewish law. The Pharisees...

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Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 34 Read Sunday's Gospel: John 11:1-45 Gospel Summary In this Gospel, John tells the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. The story is significant because it is likely that his action was his last miracle before Jesus began the journey toward his own death. Jesus was called to Bethany to save his friend, but instead waited several...

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Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 38 Read Sunday's Gospel: Matthew 26:14-27:66 Gospel Summary Each year on this Sunday we follow the events of Jesus' life from the time he entered Jerusalem until the point where he was laid in the tomb after his crucifixion. Jesus first entered Jerusalem riding a donkey amid waving palm leaves. It was in Jerusalem that he foretold Judas'...

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 76 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 5:17–37 Gospel Summary Matthew’s Gospel this week highlights what seem to be an unattainable ideal. What Jesus asks of his followers requires an extraordinary interior conversion of heart. Mere external compliance seems impossible; only love as the basis for action could render possible the ethic proposed here...

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 73 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16 Gospel Summary It is common for us in our times to be careful about the salt we use. However, in Jesus’ day, salt was a very important commodity. It was used to pay salaries. Like us, people used salt to flavor food. But, because there was no refrigeration, salt was also used to preserve food. That is...

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Catechist: Presentation of the Lord

by : RCLB

Background for Catechists and Teachers To prepare for this session, read all the readings. Malachi 3:1-4 Psalm 24:7-10 Hebrews 2:14-18 Luke 2:22-40 Spend a few minutes reflecting on what these readings mean for you today. Is there a particular reading that appeals to you? Is there a word that engages you? Read the following Word in Liturgy and Catholic...

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