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Sunday's Themes in Liturgical Year B

Liturgical years B - Starts on 27 Nov, 2011 and ends on Dec 1, 2012

The Church provides a three-year circle for Sunday readings starting with the season of Advent, four weeks before Christmas day. Each liturgical year, the Church centers on one of the synoptic Gospels (Year A – Matthew, Year B – Mark, Year C – Luke). John is read in each year in the major seasons of Christmas, Lent, and Easter. Therefore, this year, each theme of Sunday and festival's readings is based on the the Gospel of Mark.





First Sunday of Advent Year B

Mark 13:33-37

Stay awake because you don’t know when the time will come

Second Sunday of Advent Year B

Mark 1:1-8

Prepare the way for the Lord, make his paths straight - John the Baptist

Third Sunday of Advent Year B 

John 1:6-8.19-28

Baptism with water - Baptism with the fire of Holy Spirit

Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B

Luke 1:26-38

The Incarnation - Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with Thee

Nativity of Our Lord - Birth of Jesus

Luke 2:15-20

The shepherds found Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus

Mother of God – Theotokos – Mary’s Solemnity

Luke 2:16-21

Mary treasured these things and pondered them in her heart

Epiphany of the Lord

Matthew 2:1-12

Three wise men saw his star and came to pay homage to the King

Second Sunday in ordinary time B

John 1:35-42

We have found the Messiah

Third Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 1:14-20

Repent and believe the Good News

Fourth Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 1:21-28

He taught with authority in the Synagogues

5th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 1:29-39

He cured many who suffered from diseases

6th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 1:40-45

Of course I want to cure you

7th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 2:1-12

Get up, pick up your mat and walk

8th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 2:18-22

New wine, fresh skins

First Sunday of Lent

Mark 1:12-15

Jesus was tempted by Satan

Second Sunday of Lent

Mark 9:2-10

The transfiguration - This is my Son, my beloved.

Third Sunday of Lent

John 2:13-25

Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up

Fourth Sunday of Lent

John 3:14-21

God loved the world so much

Fifth Sunday of Lent

John 12:20-30

Unless a wheat grain falls to the ground and dies

Passion (Palm)Sunday

Mark 11:1-10

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord

Easter Sunday

John 20:1-9

He must rise from the dead

2nd Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

John 20:19-31

If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained

Third Sunday of Easter

St Luke 24: 35 - 48

Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day

Fourth Sunday of Easter

John 10: 11 - 18

The Lord is my Shepherd

Fifth Sunday of Easter 

John 15:1-8

I am the true vine

Sixth Sunday of Easter 

John 15:9-17

Love one another as I have loved you

The Ascension of the Lord

Mark 16:15-20

Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation

Pentecost Sunday

John 15:26-27 16:12-15

The Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf

Trinity Sunday

Matthew 28:1620

Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

The Body and Blood of Christ

Mark 14:12-16 16:22-26

This is my body, this is my blood

12th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 4:35-41

Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.

SS Peter and Paul, Apostles

Matthew 16: 13-19

You are Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it

13th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 5:21-43

Little girl, I tell you: get up.

14th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 6:1-6

Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.

15th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 6:7-13

He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits

16th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 6:30-34

He had compassion and began to teach them many things

17th Sunday in ordinary time

John 6:1-15

Feeding of the five thousand

The Transfiguration of the Lord 

Matthew 17:1-9

Transfiguration - His face shone like the sun

18th Sunday in ordinary time

John 6:24-35

What must we do, to do the Work of God?

19th Sunday in ordinary time

Juan 6:41-51

I am the bread of life

20th Sunday in ordinary time

John 6:51-59

Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day

21st Sunday in ordinary time

John 6:61-70

You are the Christ, the Son of God

22nd Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

This people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me

23rd Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 7:31-37

Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened."

24th Sunday in ordinary time

John 3:13-17

Triumph of the Cross - And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up

25th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 9:29-36

The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.

26th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 9:37-42, 44, 46-47

The reality of Hell

27th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 10:2-16

Divorce - Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate

28th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 10:17-30

You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.

29th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 10:35-45

For the Son of man also has not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as redemption for many

30th Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 10:46-52

What do you want me to do for you?

31st Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 15:33-39, 16:1-6

The commemoration of all the faithful - "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" departed

32nd Sunday in ordinary time

John 2:13-22

Zeal for your house will consume me.

33rd Sunday in ordinary time

Mark 13:24-32

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away

34th Sunday in ordinary time

John 8:33-37

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed



As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."