Christmas

Luke 2: 1-14, Year B Gospel Summary In the gospel passage for Mass at Midnight we hear the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke. It is a story so simple that even a child can grasp it; yet, even after 2000 years it is a mystery so profound that the richness of its meaning […]

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

Luke 1:26-38 Cycle B Gospel Summary On the carefully programmed Advent journey to Christmas, the Fourth Sunday belongs to Mary. This is so because Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus, necessarily involves the motherhood of Mary. However, the story of that birth is reserved for Midnight Mass, while today’s gospel tells us how Mary […]

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Luke 1: 26-38 Cycle B   Gospel Summary Theologians often make a distinction between “high” Christology, which emphasizes the divine nature of Jesus, and “low” Christology, which emphasizes his human nature. This distinction finds a parallel in the case of Mary. Today’s feast would belong to “high” Mariology, because it celebrates a special privilege of […]

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Second Sunday of Advent

Mark 1:1-8 Cycle B Gospel Summary At the very outset, Mark declares his gospel to be the “good news.” He dares to say this in a world that is broken and weary because this gospel announces the consistent divine initiative to bring about a new creation where peace and harmony will prevail over pride and […]

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First Sunday of Advent

Mark 13: 33-37 Cycle B Gospel Summary In this gospel passage Jesus illustrates the mystery of his future, final coming in power and glory with a simple parable. He says to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.” He compares his final coming to a man traveling […]

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Feast of Christ the King

Matthew 25:31-46 Gospel Summary Today’s selection from the gospel of Matthew is very appropriate for the feast of Christ the King because it portrays Christ as a king who presides over the scene of final judgment. The sheep, being economically more valuable than goats, represent those who have been found worthy of final victory and […]

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