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 »

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The lectionary readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time focus on (a) Ezra’s reading of the rediscovered Scriptures to the remnant who returned to Jerusalem from Babylonian captivity and (b) Jesus’ reading of the prophet Isaiah followed by his proclaimation that He is the promised long-awaited messiah. Here are […] Read more »

The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Gospel for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time is the Wedding Feast of Cana. Christ reveals himself to be God through his miracle. He also blesses human marriage, perhaps at that moment instituting the Sacrament of Matrimony. He also shows forth the spousal relationship between him and every baptized […] Read more »

The Baptism of the Lord

Our Lord’s public life began when he was baptized by St. John the Baptist at the River Jordan. Here are two outlines with different focuses for this feast. Central idea: At his baptism, Christ was anointed by the Holy Spirit to carry out the Father’s plan of salvation. Doctrine: Christ’s kenosis or self-emptying. Practical Application: Our daily […] Read more »

Fourth Sunday of Advent

The Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent is the encounter of Mary, Elizabeth, the unborn Christ, and the unborn John the Baptist. Two revised and updated Doctrinal Homily Outlines which focus on the meaning of the Incarnation and how to draw greater fruit from it can be found here […] Read more »