The Sunday Gospel Archive

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Salvation, unfolding in Jesus, is the gift of God’s love

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 1:1-14, 4:14-21 The Book of Nehemiah furnishes the first reading for this weekend. At one time, in the Hebrew editions of the Bible, this […]

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Mary shows us how to follow and trust the Lord

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time John 2:1-11 The Book of Isaiah furnishes this weekend’s first reading. When this third section of Isaiah was written, the Hebrew people had just emerged […]

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Jesus is the instrument of God’s love for us

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 The feast of the Baptism of the Lord is very important to the Church’s process of bringing us to Christ. […]

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Christ guides us all to the ‘land of perfect day’

Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Matthew 2:1-12 This weekend the Church celebrates the ancient feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, reflecting upon the visit of Magi “from […]

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Our mission is to secure our salvation and reveal God’s love

Feast of the Holy Family Luke 2:41-52 This weekend, the Sunday between Christmas and the New Year, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and […]

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Receive the Lord, the king of peace

Fourth Sunday of Advent Luke 1:39-45 This weekend observes the last Sunday in Advent. The first reading is from the Book of Micah, who is regarded as one of the […]

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Rejoice in the Lord, the one whom John the Baptist foretold

Third Sunday of Advent Luke 3:10-18 An atmosphere of delighted expectation overtakes this weekend’s liturgy. It is Gaudete Sunday, a name taken from the Latin rendition of the first word […]

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Joy and peace prevail where Jesus reigns

Second Sunday of Advent Luke 3:1-6 The Book of Baruch, the source of this Advent’s weekend first biblical reading, is relatively brief, only five chapters. It also is among the […]

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The Son of Man will come again in glory

First Sunday of Advent Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 This weekend begins the Church’s year. Usually Advent is seen simply as a time to prepare for the feast of Christmas. In the […]

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Jesus, our king, will remain with us forever

Feast of Christ the King John 18:33b-37 This weekend, in great joy and thanksgiving, the Church closes its year. As it looks back through the days and months of 2018, […]

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Nothing is strong enough to stand against God

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 13:24-32 The Book of Daniel provides the first reading this weekend. Michael, the “great prince” of the angels, is the center of attention. He […]

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Those who trust in the Lord are rich in the Spirit

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 12:38-44 The First Book of Kings furnishes this weekend’s first reading from the Scriptures. Political governance, in the minds of the ancient Hebrews, was […]