Second Sunday of Advent

Central Idea: Even though as followers of Christ we are each undergoing a difficult but good transformation, we can feel a lot of joy in this life anticipating the joy of heaven. Doctrine: The Theological Virtue of Hope. Practical Application: Ways to activate hope. Read more »

First Sunday of Advent

We begin a new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent. The Lectionary readings for this day give us glimpses of our heavenly home, first in its earthly image as earthly Jerusalem and finally as heaven itself. Our readings exort us to live so as to be ready to […] Read more »

Christ the King

For a revised and updated Doctrinal Homily Outline for the Solemnity of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, click here. The foci are: Central Idea: Christ is the King of the Universe. Doctrine: He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. […] Read more »

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

For a revised and updated doctrinal homily outline for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, click here.  The themes are Central Idea: God’s loving goodness. Doctrine: God is love. Practical Application: Divine reading. As was the case with Zacchaeus, blatant sinners can sometimes make a more dramatic conversion to God […] Read more »

Solemnity of All Saints

Here is the link to a doctrinal homily outline for the Solemnity of All Saints. The doctrinal and practical foci are the beatitude of heaven and the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are a self-portrait of Jesus Christ, a picture of the lives of the saints, and a blueprint for how we […] Read more »

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Here is the link to an updated and revised outline for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel includes Christ’s parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Here are the subjects explored: Central Idea: God is just and merciful. Doctrine: Justification. Practical Application: A life of justice and […] Read more »

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The faithful exercise their baptismal priesthood through their participation, each according to his own vocation, in Christ’s mission as priest, prophet, and king” (CCC 1546). The laity exercise the common priesthood of the faithful by offering up their lives and work, by living and proclaiming the truth, and by carrying […] Read more »