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Sunday, July 18, 2021 - Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 7/18/21

Gospel Reading

Mark 6:30-34 - Jesus invites his disciples to rest after their ministry, and Jesus is moved with pity for the crowds who pursue them.

Background on the Gospel Reading

In this today’s Gospel, we read the report of the return of the Twelve, who were sent by ... Read More »

Sunday, July 11, 2021 - Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Times

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 7/11/21

Gospel Reading

Mark 6:7-13 - Jesus instructs his disciples and sends them to preach repentance.

Background on the Gospel Reading

This week’s Gospel and the one for next week describe how Jesus sent the disciples to minister in his name and the disciples’ return to Jesus afterward. These two ... Read More »

Sunday, July 4, 2021 - 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 7/04/21

Gospel Reading

Mark 6:1-6 - Jesus is rejected in his hometown.

Background on the Gospel Reading

This Gospel immediately follows upon last week’s stories of the raising of Jairus’s daughter and the healing of the woman with a hemorrhage.  It sets the context of our Gospel readings for the ... Read More »

Sunday, June 27, 2021 - Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 6/25/21

Gospel Reading

Mark 5:21-43 - Jesus heals a woman afflicted with a hemorrhage and raises Jairus’s daughter from death.

Background on the Gospel Reading

For today’s Gospel, we continue to read from the Gospel of Mark.  Last Sunday we heard about Jesus calming the storm, the first of four ... Read More »

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 »