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 »