Reflections - Advent & Christmas, Cycle B

Advent & Christmas Lent through Pentecost Ordinary Time Solemnities, Feasts, etc. Cycle A Cycle C


This page offers scriptural reflections, authored by Fr. Francis Martin, for Advent and through the Christmas Seasonfor Cycle B. The topics covered across this set of resources range from reflections on preaching to commentary onVerbum Domini and commentary on feast days and special liturgies within this season.

An asterisk (*) on scripture references indicates "selected" verses.

You can find the same resources on the following YouTube playlists:

These reflections were recorded in 2011 and 2012 with just a few additional reflections recorded in 2014. 

1st Sunday Advent (Cycle B)  Listen Watch 
Reflection Verbum Domini No. 37
Trust
2011
2014
2011
2014
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 63:16B-17, 19B; 64:2-7
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
 2011
2014
2011
2014
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 2011
2014
2011
2014
Gospel Mark 13:33-37 2011
2014
2011
2014
2nd Sunday Advent (Cycle B)    
Reflection Verbum Domini No. 38
The Spirit of Prayer and Longing
2011
2014
2011
2014
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11
Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
2011
2014
2011
2014
Second Reading 2 Peter 3:8-14 2011
2014
2011
2014
Gospel Mark 1:1-8 2011
2014
2011
2014
3rd Sunday Advent (Cycle B)    
Reflection Verbum Domini Nos. 39-40
The Joy of the Gospel
2011
2014
2011
2014
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11
Luke 1:46-50,53-54
2011
2014
2011
2014
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 2011
2014
2011
2014
Gospel John 1:6-8,19-28 2011
2014
2011
2014
4th Sunday Advent (Cycle B)    
Reflection Dei Verbum No. 39 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
Psalm 89:2-5,27,29
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Second Reading Romans 16:25-27 Listen Watch
Gospel Luke 1:26-38 Listen Watch
The Nativity of the Lord,  Mass During the Night Christmas (Cycle B)    
Reflection
First Reading
The history and the mystery
Isaiah 9:1-6
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Psalm Psalm 96:1-3,11-13 Listen Watch
Second Reading Titus 2:11-14 Listen Watch
Gospel Luke 2:1-14 Listen Watch
The Nativity of the Lord, Mass During the Day Christmas (Cycle B)    
Reflection The Incarnation Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98:1-6
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Second Reading Hebrews 1:1-6 Listen Watch
Gospel John 1:1-18 Listen Watch
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Christmas (Cycle B)
(Reflections Not Recorded)

Cycle A Cycle C
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Solemnity, Christmas (Cycle B)    
Reflection Abraham, Father of the Old Covenant and Mary, Mother of the New Covenant Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Numbers 6:22-27
Psalm 66:2-3,5-6,8
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Second Reading Galatians 4:4-7 Listen Watch
Gospel Luke 2:16-21 Listen Watch
The Epiphany of the Lord Christmas (Cycle B)    
Reflection The Example of the Magi Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-13
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Second Reading Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 2:1-12 Listen Watch
The Baptism of the Lord Christmas (Cycle B)
(Reflections Not Recorded)
Cycle A Cycle C

Reflections on Sunday Scriptures (Archive)

This page provides links to the scriptural reflections for Sunday readings offered by Fr. Francis Martin available to all visitors for reference.

Note that some links will not function as the page style is being moved to a calendar format found under Daily Reflections.

Cycle A
Advent and Christmas
Cycle B
Advent and Christmas
Cycle C
Advent and Christmas
Cycle A
Ordinary Time
Cycle B
Ordinary Time
Cycle C
Ordinary Time
Cycle A
Lent through Pentecost
Cycle B
Lent through Pentecost
Cycle C
Lent through Pentecost
Feasts & Solemnities

Reflections - Advent/Christmas, Cycle A

Advent & Christmas Lent through Pentecost Ordinary Time Solemnities, Feasts, etc. Cycle B Cycle C


This page offers scriptural reflections, authored by Fr. Francis Martin, for Advent and through the Christmas Seasonfor Cycle A. The topics covered across this set of resources range from reflections on preaching to commentary on feast days and special liturgies within this season.

You can find the same resources on the following YouTube playlists:

These reflections were recorded in 2010 and 2011. 

To copy the audio or video to your computer, right-click on the link, choose Save As... or a similar option and follow the prompts.

1st Sunday Advent (Cycle A)    
Reflection Theological reflection on preaching Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 2:1-5 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 122:1-9
Romans 13:11-14
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Gospel Matthew 24:37-44 Listen Watch
2nd Sunday Advent (Cycle A)    
Reflection The priesthood and teaching Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 11:1-10 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 72
Romans 15:4-9
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Gospel Matthew 3:1-12 Listen Watch
3rd Sunday Advent (Cycle A)    
Reflection The power of the word Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 35:1-6a; 10 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 146
James 5:7-10
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 11:2-11 Listen Watch
4th Sunday Advent (Cycle A)    
Reflection Spiritual understanding of scripture Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 7:1-14 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 24
Romans 1:1-7
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Gospel Matthew 1:18-24 Listen Watch
Mass During the Night Christmas (Cycle A)    
Reflection History of the Feast Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 9:1-6 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 96: 1-3, 11-12, 13
Titus 2:11-14
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Gospel John 1:1-18 Listen Watch
Mass at Dawn Christmas (Cycle A)    
Reflection Christmas Liturgy Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 62:11-12 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12
Titus 3:4-7
Listen Watch
Gospel Luke 2:15 Listen Watch
Mass During the Day Christmas (Cycle A)    
Reflection The Incarnation Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 52:7-10 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
Hebrews 1:1-6
Listen Watch
Gospel Luke 2:15 Listen Watch
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Christmas (Cycle A)    
Reflection Family Listen Watch
First Reading Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 128:1-5
Colossians 3:12-21
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Gospel Matthew 2:12-15 Listen Watch
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Solemnity, Christmas (Cycle A)    
Reflection Feast of Mary, Mother of God Listen Watch
First Reading Numbers 6:22-27 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Galations 4:4-7
Listen Watch
Gospel Luke 2:16-21 Listen Watch
The Epiphany of the Lord Christmas (Cycle A)    
Reflection Epiphany of the Lord Listen Watch
First Reading Isiah 60:1-6 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
Ephesians 3:2-3A, 5-6
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 2:1-12 Listen Watch
The Baptism of the Lord Christmas (Cycle A)    
Reflection Baptism of the Lord Listen Watch
First Reading Isiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
Acts 10:34-38
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 3:13-17 Listen Watch

Reflections - Ordinary Time, Year B

Advent & Christmas Lent through Pentecost Ordinary Time Solemnities, Feasts, etc. Cycle A Cycle C


This page offers scriptural reflections, authored by Fr. Francis Martin, for Sundays in Ordinary time both before and after the Easter season for Cycle B. The relection topics covered across this set of resources range from faith and culture to commentary onVerbum Domini and commentary on feast days and special liturgies within this season.

You can find the same resources on the following YouTube playlists:

These reflections were recorded in 2012.  

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Reflections - Ordinary Time, Year A

Advent and Christmas Lent through Pentecost Ordinary Time Solemnities, Feasts, etc. Cycle B Cycle C

 

This page offers scriptural reflections, authored by Fr. Francis Martin, for the Sundays in ordinary time for Cycle A. Each set of scripture reflections is preceded by a topical reflection. The topics covered across this set of resources range from reflections on the priesthood to commentary onVerbum Domini.

An asterisk (*) on scripture references indicates "selected" verses.

You can find the same resources on the following YouTube playlists:

These reflections were recorded in 2011. 

34th Sunday, Feast Christ the King, Cycle A    
Reflection The New Translations Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Psalm 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6
Listen Watch
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 25:31-46 Listen Watch
33rd Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, Nos. 36, 37 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Listen Watch
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 25:14-30 Listen Watch
32nd Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, Nos. 35, 36 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Wisdom 6:12-16
Psalm 63:2-8
Listen Watch
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 25:1-13 Listen Watch
31st Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, No. 35 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10
Psalm 131:1, 2, 3
Listen Watch
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 23:1-12 Listen Watch
30th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, No. 34 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Exodus 22:20-26
Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
Listen Watch
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 22:34-40 Listen Watch
29th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, No. 33 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 45:1,4-6
Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
Listen Watch
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 22:15-21 Listen Watch
28th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, Nos. 31, 32 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6
Listen Watch
Second Reading Philippians 4:12-14,19-20 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 22:1-14 Listen Watch
27th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, No. 30 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
Listen Watch
Second Reading Philippians 4:6-9 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 21:33-43 Listen Watch
26th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, No. 29 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Ezekiel 18:25-28
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
Listen Watch
Second Reading Philippians 2:1-11 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 21:28-32 Listen Watch
25th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, No. 28 (cont.) Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 55:6-9
Psalm 145:2-3,8-9,17-18
Listen Watch
Second Reading Philippians 1:20-24,27 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 20:1-16 Listen Watch
24th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, No. 28 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Sirach 27:30 - 28:7
Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12
Listen Watch
Second Reading Romans 14:7-9 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 18:21-25 Listen Watch
23rd Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, Nos. 26, 27 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Ezekiel 33:7-9
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Listen Watch
Second Reading Romans 13:8-10 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 18:15-20 Listen Watch
22nd Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, Nos. 24, 25 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Jeremiah 20:7-9
Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9
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Second Reading Romans 12:1-2 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 16:21-27 Listen Watch
21st Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, Nos. 22, 23 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 22:19-23
Psalm 139:1-3, 6, 8
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Second Reading Romans 11:33-36 Listen Watch
Gospel Mathew 16:13-20 Listen Watch
20th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, Nos. 20, 21 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Listen Watch
Second Reading Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Listen Watch
Gospel Mathew 15:21-28 Listen Watch
19th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, Nos. 19, 20 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
1 Kings 19:9A, 11-13A
Psalm 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14
Listen Watch
Second Reading Romans 9:1-5 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 14:22-23 Listen Watch
18th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, No. 17 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 55:1-3
Psalm 145:8-9, 15-18
Listen Watch
Second Reading Romans 8:35, 37-39 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 14:13-21 Listen Watch
17th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, No. 16 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
1 Kings 3:5, 7-12
Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130
Listen Watch
Second Reading Romans 8:28-30 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 13:44-52 Listen Watch
16th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, No. 15 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
Listen Watch
Second Reading Romans 8:26-27 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 13:24-43 Listen Watch
15th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, No. 14 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalms 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14
Listen Watch
Second Reading Romans 8:18-23 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 13:1-23 Listen Watch
14th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Verbum Domini, Nos. 12, 13 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Zechariah 9:9-10
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14
Listen Watch
Second Reading Romans 8:9, 11-13 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 11:25-30 Listen Watch
Sunday Solemnities Cycle A,B,C    
(date varies) Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ   View Page
(date varies) Most Holy Trinity   View Page
9th Sunday Ordinary Time, Cycle A    
Reflection Importance of Priesthood Listen Watch
First Reading Deuteronomy 11:18, 26-28, 32 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 31:2-25*
Romans 3:21-25, 28
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 7:21-27 Listen Watch
8th Sunday Ordinary Time (Winter), Cycle A    
Reflection Lectio Divina Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 49:14-15 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 6:24-34 Listen Watch
7th Sunday Ordinary Time (Winter), Cycle A    
Reflection The Priest and Prayer Listen Watch
First Reading Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 5:38-48 Listen Watch
6th Sunday Ordinary Time (Winter), Cycle A    
Reflection The Priestly Life and the Cross: Prayer Listen Watch
First Reading Sirach 15:15-20 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 119:1-2,4-5,17-18,33-34
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 5:17-37 Listen Watch
5th Sunday Ordinary Time (Winter), Cycle A    
Reflection The Priestly Life and the Cross Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 58:7-10 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 5:13-16 Listen Watch
4th Sunday Ordinary Time (Winter), Cycle A    
Reflection The Priestly Life and the Cross Listen Watch
First Reading Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 146:6-7,8-9,9b-10
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
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Gospel Matthew 5:1-12 Listen Watch
3rd Sunday Ordinary Time (Winter), Cycle A    
Reflection Shabbat/The Lord's Day, cont. Listen Watch
First Reading Isiah 8:23-9:3 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 4:12-23 Listen Watch
2nd Sunday Ordinary Time (Winter), Cycle A    
Reflection Shabbat/The Lord's Day Listen Watch
First Reading Isiah 49:3, 5-6 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-9, 10
Corinthians 1:1-3
Listen Watch
Gospel John 1:29-34 Listen Watch

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