Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Lectionary 51 readings are some of the most consoling we encounter in Sacred Scripture. Christ and the Father are one. We belong to them. God will wipe every tear from our eyes. Each of the two outlines from the archives focuses on the central idea that Christ is the […] Read more »

Third Sunday of Easter

The Lectionary 48 readings for the Third Sunday of Easter are here. The Gospel reading is from John: Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearance to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberius. From the archives, here is a full updated outline with the following foci: Central Idea: Christ is our King, but Peter and the Apostles […] Read more »

Second Sunday of Easter

The Second Sunday of Easter is also called Divine Mercy Sunday. The lectionary readings (45) can be found here. The Gospel from John is (1st) Our Lord’s appearance to the apostles on Easter evening with his gift to them of the power to forgive sins and (2nd) His appearance the […] Read more »

Easter

For a link to the Lectionary readings for the Easter Vigil (Lectionary 41), click here. For a homily outline based on these many readings, click here. For a link to the readings for Easter Day (Lectionary 42), click here.  For a homily outline on the theme of the Resurrection and joy, click here. For […] Read more »

Palm Sunday

Pastoral considerations suggest a fairly short homily on Palm Sunday due to the length of the Lectionary readings. To view Lectionary 37 and 38, click here. For an outline that focuses on various salvific insights from the readings, click here. For an outline that focuses on perhaps the key reading, St. […] Read more »

Fifth Sunday of Lent

For the Fifth Sunday of Lent, the celebrant can choose the Year C or Year A readings. They can both be accessed here. The Gospel for Year C is Christ’s merciful love shown to the woman caught in adultery. For an outline that focuses on knowing Christ better, click here. […] Read more »

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Once again, the Lectionary offers readings from both Year C (our current year) or Year A. The Gospel for Year C is the Parable of the Prodigal Son. For an outline that focuses on the Sacrament of Confession, click here. For an outline that focuses on our need for continual […] Read more »

Third Sunday of Lent

The Lectionary for the Third Sunday of Lent gives the celebrant the option of using the readings for Year C or Year A. Here is a link to these readings. The Gospel for Year C is Jesus’ warning about sudden death (some folks Pilate had slaughtered and some who died […] Read more »

Second Sunday of Lent

This Sunday’s readings present God’s promises to the Patriarch Abraham, St. Paul on the glory that awaits us in heaven, and Christ’s glorification on the mountain of Transfiguration. For an outline that focuses on the relationship between suffering and glory, click here. For an outline that draws out implications for […] Read more »

First Sunday of Lent

Today’s Gospel reading is on Christ’s forty days in the desert between his baptism and the beginning of his public life. In any one Doctrinal Homily Outline, there is enough material for many sermons. For an outline that focuses on reparation and mortification, click here. For an outline that considers […] Read more »

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Central idea: Christ’s new law for the new person. Doctrine: Christ as the New Adam. Practical application: Living as New Adams and Eves ourselves. To view Lectionary 81, click here.  Reading 1 1 Sm 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 In those days, Saul went down to the desert of Ziphwith three thousand picked […] Read more »

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus’ fellow townspeople flip from adulation to murderous anger. This is unfortunately the pattern of his life. Here are links to two full, updated and revised outlines. The first focuses on the virtue and acts of hope. The second focuses on the laity’s legitimate role in […] Read more »