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Solemnity of the Epiphany, Intermediate

by : RCLB

Intermediate Session: Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12 Opening Prayer Let us pray. Jesus our Light, the gift of your saving love is for all people. Help us to follow the light of your love. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.   Opening Life Reflection The theme for today is God’s universal gift of salvation. To begin, light a candle and place it...

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Solemnity of the Epiphany, Junior High

by : RCLB

Junior High Session: Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12 Opening Prayer Let us pray. Jesus our Light, guide us on our journey of faith. Help us to be light for others. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.   Opening Life Reflection The theme for today is God’s universal gift of salvation. To begin, invite the young people to map out their own journey...

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Solemnity of the Epiphany, Years ABC

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 20 Read the Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 Gospel Summary The Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, asking the whereabouts of the newborn king of the Jews. Herod was troubled by this news of the birth, as was all of Jerusalem. He sent the Magi to Bethlehem to search for the child, asking that they bring the child to him so that he could do the...

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Feast of the Holy Family, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 17 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 Gospel Summary When the Magi left the Holy Family in Bethlehem, Joseph was warned in a dream to take Mary and Jesus into Egypt because Herod was looking to destroy the child. Following Herod’s death, another angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and informed him that it was now safe to return to...

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 10 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24 Gospel Summary Matthew recounts the circumstances of Jesus’ birth by telling us the story of Mary’s engagement to Joseph and the child she carried originating from the Holy Spirit. This reality made no sense to Joseph, but he did not want to dishonor Mary so he planed to quietly divorce her. An angel...

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Third Sunday of Advent, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 7 Read: Matthew 11:2-11 Gospel Summary John the Baptist had disciples of his own and while in prison he sent some of them to Jesus. At John's request, the disciples asked Jesus if he was the Messiah or were they to wait for another. Jesus did not answer them directly, but pointed to the miracles he had performed in the name of God's love. If...

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Second Sunday of Advent, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 4 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12 Gospel Summary In Matthew’s Gospel, we learn of John’s continued warning for us to be ready for Jesus when he comes again. It is not enough that we are sons and daughters of Abraham, but by our own desire, we want to live a life pleasing to God. The Gospel challenges us to bear fruit. It was not enough...

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First Sunday of Advent, Year A

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 1 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44 Gospel Summary The emphasis of today’s Gospel is on the second coming of Jesus. Matthew refers to three events that show we do not know when Jesus will return, but the message is clear: we are to be ready! The first reference Matthew makes is to Noah and the flood. People were occupied with their daily...

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