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Sunday, June 20, 2021 - Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 6/17/21

Gospel Reading  

Mark 4:35-41 - Jesus calms the storm.

Background on the Gospel Reading

As we continue in Ordinary Time, our reading today is taken from the Gospel of Mark, the primary Gospel reading in Lectionary Cycle B.  Mark's Gospel presents a vivid portrait of Jesus, whose words and ... Read More »

Sunday, June 13, 2021 - 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 6/12/21

Gospel Reading

Mark 4:26–34 - The reign of God is like a mustard seed.

After Lent, the Easter season, and three Sundays of feast days—Pentecost, Most Holy Trinity, and Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ—the Church returns to Ordinary Time.  This Sunday’s Gospel from Mark carries a significant ... Read More »

Sunday, June 6, 2021 - Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 6/05/21

Gospel Reading

Mark 14:12-16,22-26 -Jesus shares his Last Supper with his disciples.

Today, the second Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate a second solemnity, which marks our return to Ordinary Time in the liturgical calendar.  Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  At one ... Read More »

Sunday, May 23, 2021 - Solemnity of Pentecost

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 5/22/21

Gospel Reading

John 20:19-23 - Jesus appears to his disciples and gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The season of Easter concludes with today’s celebration, the feast of Pentecost.  On Pentecost we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles gathered in the upper room ... Read More »

Sunday, May 16, 2021 - The Ascension of the Lord

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 5/15/21

Gospel ReadingMark 16:15-20

Jesus is taken to heaven, and the disciples go forth to preach as Jesus commanded.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Today is our liturgical celebration of the Ascension of the Lord, when Jesus was taken to heaven on the fortieth day after Easter. In Cycle B, ... Read More »

Sunday, May 9, 2021 - Sixth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 5/08/21

Gospel Reading - John 15:9-17

Jesus commands his disciples to love one another.

Today’s Gospel follows immediately after the Gospel proclaimed last week, in which Jesus taught that he was the vine and that his disciples were the branches.  In the example of the vine and the branches, we ... Read More »

Sunday, May 2, 2021 - Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 4/30/21

Gospel Reading - John 15:9-17 

Jesus commands his disciples to love one another.

Today’s Gospel follows immediately after the Gospel proclaimed last week, in which Jesus taught that he was the vine and that his disciples were the branches.  In the example of the vine and the branches, we ... Read More »

Sunday, April 25, 2021 - Fourth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 4/22/21

Today's Gospel - John 10:11-18

Jesus says that he is the good shepherd who knows his sheep.

The fourth Sunday of Easter is also called Good Shepherd Sunday.  In each of the three lectionary cycles, our Gospel is taken from the 10th chapter of the Gospel of John.  In ... Read More »

Sunday, April 18, 2021 - Third Sunday of Easter

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 4/16/21

Gospel Reading - Luke 24:35-48

Jesus appears again to his disciples and shares a meal with them.

On the third Sunday of Easter, we continue to hear Gospel accounts of Jesus’ appearances to his disciples following his Resurrection.  Today’s reading, taken from the Gospel of Luke, follows immediately after ... Read More »

Sunday, April 11, 2021 - Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 4/09/21

Gospel Reading - John 20:19-31

Thomas believes because he sees Jesus.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Today’s reading from the Gospel of John is proclaimed on the Second Sunday of Easter in each of the lectionary cycles. This fact alone should alert us to the significance of the encounters ... Read More »