February 18, 2024, The First Sunday in Lent
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February 18, 2024, The First Sunday in Lent

Gospel: Mark 1:9-15 The Spirit that comes upon Jesus at his baptism sustains him when he is tested by Satan so that he might proclaim the good news of God’s reign. 9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out...

March 26, 2023, The Fifth Sunday in Lent
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March 26, 2023, The Fifth Sunday in Lent

 GOSPEL John 11:1-45 Jesus is moved to sorrow when his friend Lazarus falls ill and dies. Then, in a dramatic scene, he calls his friend out of the tomb and restores him to life. 1Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2Mary was the one who...

March 19, 2023, The Fourth Sunday in Lent
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March 19, 2023, The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Gospel  John 9:1-41 Jesus heals a man born blind, provoking a hostile reaction that he regards as spiritual blindness to the things of God. 1As [Jesus] walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his...

March 12, 2023, The Third Sunday in Lent
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March 12, 2023, The Third Sunday in Lent

Gospel  John 4:5-42 Jesus defies convention to engage a Samaritan woman in conversation. Her testimony, in turn, leads many others to faith. 5[Jesus] came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by...

March 5, 2023, The Second Sunday in Lent
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March 5, 2023, The Second Sunday in Lent

Gospel:  John 3:1-17 A curious Pharisee visits Jesus by night to learn from the teacher his friends reject. Jesus speaks to him about life in the Spirit and the kingdom of God. 1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we...

February 22, 2023 Ash Wednesday
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February 22, 2023 Ash Wednesday

GOSPEL: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus commends almsgiving, prayer, and fasting, but emphasizes that spiritual devotion must not be done for show. [Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in...

April 3, 2022, The Fifth Sunday in Lent
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April 3, 2022, The Fifth Sunday in Lent

GOSPEL Judas willfully misinterprets as waste Mary’s extravagant act of anointing Jesus’ feet with costly perfume. Jesus recognizes that her lavish gift is both an expression of love and an anticipation of his burial. 1Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2There they...

March 27, 2022, The Fourth Sunday in Lent
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March 27, 2022, The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Gospel:  Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Jesus tells a parable about a son who ponders his father’s love only after he has spurned it. The grace he receives is beyond his hopes. That same grace is a crisis for an older brother who believes it is his obedience that has earned his place in the father’s home....

March 20, 2022, The Third Sunday in Lent
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March 20, 2022, The Third Sunday in Lent

Gospel Asked about current tragic events, Jesus turns a lesson about whether suffering is deserved into a hard call to obedience. He then tells a parable that holds out hope that the timeline for ultimate judgment will be tempered by patience. 1At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans...

March 13, 2022, Second Sunday in Lent
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March 13, 2022, Second Sunday in Lent

GOSPEL:  Luke 13:31-35 Neither Herod’s plotting nor Jerusalem’s resistance to maternal love will deter Jesus from his sacrificial mission. 31At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to [Jesus,] “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and...