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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Lectionary: 145 Read: Matthew 22:15-21 Gospel Summary The chief priests and Pharisees tried to trap Jesus into making a political error or renouncing God's authority. They asked whether or not it was lawful to pay taxes to the emperor. Pointing out that it was Caesar's head on the coin, Jesus told them to give to the emperor what was due the emperor, but...

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Lectionary: 148 Read: Matthew 22:34-40 Gospel Summary Trying to trick Jesus into saying something contrary to Moses, the Pharisees asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment. Jesus responded by saying that we are to love God with all our heart, our soul, and mind. Secondly, we are to love our neighbor as our self. Reflection for Families Our children...

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Solemnity of All Saints

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Lectionary: 667 Read the Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12a Gospel Summary Today’s Gospel reading is the opening of the Sermon on the Mount, a series of teachings given by Jesus that focus on how to live as a disciple in the world. Today’s portion of the Sermon on the Mount is the Beatitudes. In them, Jesus explains how we are to live if we want to inherit the...

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The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

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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

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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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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Lectionary: 112 Read: Matthew 14:13-21 Gospel Summary Jesus was still very sad about John the Baptist's death. But even in his sorrow, Jesus remembered the needs of others. As he tried to go to a deserted place, the crowds followed him in hopes that he would heal the sick among them. When it was late and everyone was hungry, the disciples suggested that...

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Lectionary: 115 Read: Matthew 14:22-33 Gospel Summary A storm arose on the sea and the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water toward them. At first they thought it was a ghost, but then they recognized Jesus. In an effort to show his great faith, Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. Peter was focused and walked toward Jesus....

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Lectionary: 118 Read: Matthew 15:21-28 Gospel Summary A Cananite woman approached Jesus as a petitioner asking Jesus to heal her daughter. At first Jesus put her off by implying that she was not part of the salvation plan. She determined that she was and through her faith and recognition of Jesus as Lord knew that he could heal her daughter. Because of...

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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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

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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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