Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Work is the source of a decent life or even riches, although neither is the basis of happiness: That belongs to God. Next Sunday’s readings focus on the futility of working apart from God’s will. The Lectionary 114 readings for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, are here. To prepare […] Read more »

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The readings for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Lectionary 102) can be found here. The Gospel reading recounts Jesus sending out seventy-two disciples to prepare the towns and places he intends to visit.   The seventy-two had only a very limited amount of time to do their work. I think this […] Read more »

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

To view Lectionary 99, click here. The Homiletic Directory suggests the following Catechism points and themes for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: CCC 587: Jesus’ ascent to Jerusalem for his death and Resurrection CCC 2052-2055: Master, what must I do…? CCC 1036, 1816: the urgency of discipleship It is always […] Read more »

Corpus Christi

The Lectionary readings for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (169) can be found here.  For an updated and revised outline with the following themes, click here. Central idea: Christ is the eternal high priest who offers us what he offered to the Father, himself. Doctrine: The Eucharist. Practical application: Eucharistic Adoration […] 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 »