Christmas 2, Year C 2022

Matthew 2:1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

`And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; 

for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.'” 

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

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Christmas 1, Year C

John 1:1-18 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in  the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing  came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all  people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the  light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify  to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know  him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who  received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were  born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a  father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of  whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'”) From his  fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace  and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is  close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

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Christmas Eve Year C

The Gospel Luke 2:1-14 

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to  their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea,  to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of  David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a  child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her  firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no  place for them in the inn. 

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and  they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see– I am bringing you  good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,  who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands  of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the  heavenly host, praising God and saying,  

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, 

and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

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Advent 3 Year C Gaudete Sunday

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with  thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses  all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

The Gospel Luke 3:7-18 

John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned  you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to  yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to  raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree  therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” 

And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has  two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even  tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said  to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And  we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false  accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”  

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning  John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with  water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his  sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to  clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with  unquenchable fire.” 

So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people. Read more

Advent 2, Year C

Malachi 3:1-4 

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you  seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you  delight– indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of his  coming, and who can stand when he appears? 

For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of  silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until  they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and  Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years. 

The Gospel 

Luke 3:1-6 

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of  Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea  and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and  Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into  all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of  sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, 

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 

‘Prepare the way of the Lord, 

make his paths straight. 

Every valley shall be filled, 

and every mountain and hill shall be made low, 

and the crooked shall be made straight, 

and the rough ways made smooth; 

and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'”

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Advent 1, Year C

Luke 21:25-36

Jesus said, “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

 

Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.[i]

 

“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

[i] See, also, Mat 24:36–44; Mar 13:32–37 .

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Last Sunday after Pentecost Year B -Christ the King Sunday

John 18:33-37
Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the
King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you
about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests
have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not
from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to
keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”
Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For
this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who
belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Read more

Pentecost 25 Year B

Mark 13:1-8
As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large
stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not
one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”

When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and
Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these
things are about to be accomplished?” Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one
leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray.
When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end
is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be
earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth
pangs.” Read more

Pentecost 23 Year B

Mark 12:28-34 

One of the scribes came near and heard the Sadducees disputing with one another,  and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is  the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God,  the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all  your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this,  ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment  greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have  truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with  all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love  one’s neighbor as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt  offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him,  “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any  question.

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Pentecost 22 Year B

Hebrews 7:23-28

 

The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; but Jesus holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

 

For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.

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