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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 »

Easter Vigil - April 3, 2021

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 4/01/21

Gospel Reading - Mark 16:1-7

The women find that the stone from Jesus’ tomb has been rolled back, and an angel reports that Jesus has been raised from the dead.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Each of the four Gospels reports that the women who had been followers of ... Read More »

Sunday, March 28, 2021 - Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 3/27/21

Gospel Reading – Mark 14:1—15:47

Jesus is sentenced to death and crucified. The centurion who witnessed his death declared, “This man was the Son of God.”

Background on the Gospel Reading

This Sunday, called Palm or Passion Sunday, is the first day of Holy Week.  Holy Thursday, Good Friday, ... Read More »

Sunday, March 14, 2021 - Fourth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 3/13/21

Gospel Reading

John 3:14-21

Jesus tells Nicodemus that the Son of Man will be raised up so that those who believe in him will have eternal life.

Background on the Gospel Reading

The fourth Sunday of Lent is sometimes called Laetare Sunday.  Laetare is a Latin word that means ... Read More »

Sunday, March 7, 2021 - Third Sunday of Lent

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 3/06/21

Gospel Reading - John 2:13-25

Jesus drives out the moneychangers from the Temple and says that he will destroy the temple and raise it up again.

Background on the Gospel Reading

In today’s Gospel we read about how Jesus overturned the tables of the merchants and the moneychangers in ... Read More »

Sunday, February 28, 2021 - Second Sunday of Lent

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 2/27/21

Gospel Reading - Mark 9:2-10 

Jesus is transfigured in the presence of Peter, James, and John. 

Background on the Gospel Reading 

On the second Sunday of Lent in each Lectionary cycle, the Gospel reading proclaims the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration.  This event is reported in each of the Synoptic ... Read More »

Sunday, February 21, 2021 - First Sunday of Lent

Posted by Marisa Cupps on 2/19/21

Gospel Reading - Mark 1:12-15

Jesus is tempted in the desert by Satan.

Background on the Gospel Reading

On the first Sunday of Lent, the Gospel reading in each Lectionary cycle is about Jesus’ temptation in the desert.  This event in the life of Jesus is reported in each ... Read More »