Reading summaries Feast of the Blessed Trinity – Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

ReadingsMay 22

Feast of the Blessed Trinity

First Reading:  This reading in praise of the wisdom of God can be seen as a groping towards the revelation of the mystery of the Trinity.

Second Reading:  Christ made possible for us a relationship of love with God. This gives us the hope and sustains us in the time of suffering. The Holy Spirit helps us to recognise the God’s love for us.

Gospel:  The Holy Spirit helps the Church to grasp the full meaning of all Jesus said, especially what he said about the Father.

ReadingsMay 29

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

First Reading:  Melchizedek, a pagan priest-king, gives gifts of bread and wine to Abraham. In Christian tradition that bread and wine were taken to prefigure the Eucharist.

Second Reading:  When we celebrate the Eucharist we do not merely make Christ present, but re-enact the death by which he saved us.

Gospel:  Jesus provides an extraordinary meal for those who followed him into the desert. In the Eucharist the Church continues the mission of Jesus – teaching, healing and nourishing God’s People.

ReadingsJune 5

Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading:  Elijah restores the son of a widow to life

Second Reading: Paul stresses that the Gospel he preaches came to him as a revelation from Jesus Christ.

Gospel: Jesus raised to life the only son of a widow at Nain.

ReadingsJune 12

Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: When challenged about his sin by the prophet Nathan, King David readily admits it and repents.

Second Reading:  All Paul’s strength comes from his belief in and union with Christ.

Gospel: We hear of a moving encounter in the house of a Pharisee between Christ and a sinful woman.

ReadingsJune 19

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: The prophet looks forward to a time when a new spirit will be poured out on the people (as happened at Pentecost), and they will mourn over the one they put to death (Jesus, the Christ).

Second Reading: Our unity in Christ has done away with distinctions, and means that Jews and Gentiles alike are heirs to the promises made to Abraham.

Gospel: Jesus is revealed as the Messiah, but a suffering Messiah. Suffering will be part of the lives of his followers too.

ReadingsJune 26 

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: Elisha is called to succeed the prophet Elijah.

Second Reading: Despite the Galatians’ union with Christ and the gift of the Spirit, they still must struggle against the flesh.

Gospel: Jesus rejects retaliation and expects wholehearted commitment from his disciples.

ReadingsJuly 03 

Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: Written after the return from the Babylonian exile, this poem paints a glowing picture of the blessings God will be stow on Jerusalem and its inhabitants.

Second Reading: Paul insists that the Christian life means becoming like Christ. He himself bears the marks of Christ’s passion on his body.

Gospel: The sending out of seventy-two disciples.

ReadingsJuly 10 

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: Moses urges the people to obey God’s law, not as something imposed from outside them, but as something that springs up from inside themselves.

Second Reading: Paul asserts the absolute supremacy of Christ.

Gospel: The immortal parable of the Good Samaritan.

ReadingsJuly 17

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: When Abraham gave hospitality to three strangers he did not know that he was entertaining God himself, who would reward him with good news.

Second Reading: Paul, a minister of the good news of the calling of the Gentiles to salvation suffers for his converts.

Gospel: The Gospel contrasts Martha’s activity and Mary’s quiet devotion to the Lord.

ReadingsJuly 24 

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: Abraham intercedes with God on behalf of Sodom, a city full of evil.

Second Reading: Through Baptism a Christian dies to the old sinful way of life, and rises to live a new life.

Gospel: Jesus urges the apostles to pray to God with child-like trust for all their spiritual and temporal needs.

ReadingsJuly 31

Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: The things that are supposed to satisfy human beings do not satisfy them.

Second Reading: Through Baptism we share in the life of Christ. We hear some of the conclusions that follow from this.

Gospel: Jesus warns against greed, and stresses the foolishness of depending on material things for one’s security rather than on God.

ReadingsAugust 7

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: Just as God came to the rescue of the Jews in Egypt, so he will save those who put their trust in him.

Second Reading: We are called to imitate the faith of the patriarchs, especially that of Abraham, ‘our father in faith’.

Gospel: The parable of the waiting servants urges a constant watchfulness and faithfulness.

Bible Reading Summaries

ReadingsEaster Sunday

First Reading (Acts 10:34.37-43). We hear part of an early sermon of

Second Reading (CoI3:1-4). Through our Baptism, we already share in the risen life of Christ, though in a hidden and mysterious way. 

Gospel an 20:1-9). On discovering that Jesus’ tomb is empty, the disciples begin to grasp what the Scriptures had foretold, namely, that he would
rise from the dead.

Second Sunday of Easter

First Reading (Acts 5:12-16). This tells of the high regard in which the
apostles were held by the ordinary people, and of the cures they worked
for the sick.

Second Reading (Rev 1:9-13.17-19). John is bidden to write a message-
one which has meaning for the Church until the end of time.

Gospel (In 20:19-31). By seeing and touching the wounds of his risen
Lord, Thomas the doubter is cured of his unbelief.

Third Sunday of Easter 

First Reading (Acts 5:27-32.40-41). We see the apostles courageously witnessing to the resurrection of Jesus and gladly suffering for it.

Second Reading (Rev 5:11-14). We hear a hymn in praise of the crucified
and risen Christ.

Gospel an 21:1-19). This relates an appearance of the risen Jesus to seven
of his apostles on the shore of the lake of Gennesareth. The incident is
built around Peter.

Fourth Sunday of Easter

First Reading (Acts 13:14.43-52). Paul and Barnabas preach the Gospel
firstly to the Jews but they reject it; then they preach it to the Gentiles
who receive it with joy.

Second Reading (Rev 7:9.14-17). This contains a vision of those who will
come through times of persecution to share in Christ’s glory in heaven.

Gospel (In 10:27-30). Jesus, the Good Shepherd, will not allow anyone
to snatch from his care the sheep the Father has given him.

Fifth Sunday of Easter

First Reading (Acts 14:21-27). Paul and Barnabas retrace their steps,
encouraging the little communities of Christians they had founded.

Second Reading (Rev 21:1-5). Taken from the final part of Apocalypse,
this opens with the vision of a new world and the new order of things
inaugurated by Christ.

Gospel (In 13:31-35). During the Last Supper, Jesus gives his apostles a
new commandment – to love one another as he has loved them.

Sixth Sunday of Easter

First Reading (Acts 15:1-2.22-29). A big issue for the early Church was
how much of the Law and traditions of Moses should be imposed on
Gentile converts. This reading tells us how the problem was solved.

Second Reading (Rev 21:10-14.22-23). We are given a majestic picture of the new Jerusalem, the heavenly Church of the future when God’s Kingdom will come in all its glory will come in all its glory. 

Gospel an 14:23-29). We hear yet another portion of Jesus’ farewell discourse at the Last Supper. It is dominated by the thought of his imminent departure.

Ascension of the Lord

First Reading (Acts 1:1-11). We hear of the ascension of Jesus into heaven,
and of his promise to send the Holy Spirit to his disciples.

Second Reading (Eph 1:17-23). Paul sets out the meaning of the ascension:

God raised Jesus above all earthly powers and made him head of
the Church and Lord of creation.

Gospel (Lk 24:46-53). Before ascending into heaven, Jesus promises to
send the Holy Spirit to his disciples.


First Reading (Acts 2:1-11). Luke describes the descent of the Holy Spirit
on the apostles, and the effect it had on them.

Second Reading (1 Cor 12:3-7.12-13). The Holy Spirit gives different gifts
to different people, for the good of the Church, the Body of Christ.

Gospel (In 20:19-23). The risen Jesus gives the gift of the Holy Spirit to
his disciples and inaugurates the mission of the Church.

Lenten Reading Summaries

ReadingsLenten Reading Summaries

First Sunday of Lent:

First Reading: (Deut 26:4-10). Through the ceremony of offering the first fruits, the Israelites recognized all that God had done for them in the past, especially in the Exodus. Our worship of God is also recognition of his favours to us.

Second Reading: (Rom 10:8-13). The core of the Christian credo is that Jesus is our risen Saviour. Anyone who can say that and live by it, will be saved.

Gospel (Lk 4:1-13). Jesus was tempted like we are, but did not sin. Through his grace we too can resist temptation and overcome sin.

Second Sunday of Lent:

First Reading: (Gen 15:5-12.17-18). We learn of the solemn covenant God made with Abraham which was the foundation of God’s relationship with the people of Israel. Through Christ we are the heirs to this covenant.

Second Reading: (Phil 3:17-4:1). Paul urges his converts to remain faithful to Christ, and promises them that one day they will share in his glory.

Gospel: (Lk 9:28-36). We hear Luke’s version of the transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor. 

Third Sunday of Lent:

First Reading: (Ex 3:1-8.13-15). We are shown God’s concern for his oppressed people.

Second Reading: (1 Cor 10:1-6.10-12). What happened to the Israelites in the desert is a warning for us Christians.

Gospel: (Lk 13:1-9). Jesus stresses the necessity of repentance and tells the people, that time is running out. 

Fourth Sunday of Lent:

First Reading: (Gosh 5:9-12). The Israelites, free at last from the humiliation they suffered in Egypt, enter the land of promise and partake of its produce.

Second Reading: (2 Cor 5:17-21). Christ brought about reconciliation between God and humanity. The Church’s task is to bring the benefits of this to all people.

Gospel: (Lk 15:1-3, 11-32). The parable of the prodigal son shows that God delights in showing mercy to repentant sinners. 

Fifth Sunday of Lent:

First Reading: (Is 43:16-21). The prophet assures the Jews exiled in Babylon that there will be a new Exodus. This message of hope should inspire us also.

Second Reading: (Phil 3:8-14). Paul has willingly sacrificed everything for the privilege of knowing Christ. He hasn’t yet arrived but is still running the race of salvation.

Gospel: (In 8:1-11). Jesus refuses to condemn a woman caught in adultery. 

Palm Sunday:

Gospel for Procession: (Lk 19:28-40). Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as messianic king is a sign that the peace and salvation decreed by God are at hand.

First Reading: (Is 50;4-7). The prophet suffers in carrying out his mission, but is confident that God will vindicate him.

Second Reading: (Phil 2:6-11). Because Jesus took on himself our human condition and accepted death on a cross, the Father has made him Lord of heaven and earth.

Gospel: (Lk 22:14-23:56). Luke’s version of the passion story: As in the rest of his Gospel, so in his account of the Passion, Luke presents a Christ who is merciful and forgiving, even to his executioners.