28th Sunday of Year B

Catechism Themes


True Wealth and How to Attain It

By Kevin Aldrich

Overview of
Doctrinal Homily

Catechism Themes

Kevin Aldrich

Written as an aid for homilists and a resource for the faithful, this doctrinal homily outline (1) provides insights into the Lectionary readings, (2) explicates a doctrine of Catholic Faith or morals from them, and (3) shows specific ways lay persons can live these truths.

Click on title to read everything from Kevin Aldrich.  What follows are only excerpts of Catechism themes you will find on his blog. 

First Reading

  • The actual treasure in this life is wisdom, that is, knowing what is really good and then choosing according to that light. Wisdom is gotten by asking God for it.

Responsorial Psalm

  • What we need the most is to experience God’s love and to have the gift of his wisdom. Then we will be contented, happy, and even filled with joy.

Second Reading

  • When we ask for wisdom—which is a very wise thing to do—whether we know it or not we are really asking for Our Lord, the Word of God.


  • Jesus loved the rich man. Not because he was rich. Not even, I think, because he had kept all the commandments from his youth. (And we have to ask, did he really keep all these commands from his youth? Our Lord had just said, “No one is good but God alone.” When Our Lord said, “You are lacking one thing,” was he being a little ironic?) I think Jesus loved him because he is God who is good. That is why he loves us, too: because he is good.


The Danger and the Need for Wealth

  • The wealth we must beware of includes not only money and property, but anything that people esteem here on earth—such as fame or power—including even beneficial things like “science, technology, and art.” Contrary to what we naturally assume, happiness is not found in wealth but “in God alone, the source of every good and of all love.” (CCC 1723)


Corporal and Spiritual Works of Justice and Mercy

  • How good it is to comprehend in the presence of God the opportunity we have to serve the needs of others right now in our ordinary activities.
  • And then how good it is to “come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities” through the traditional or any other works of spiritual or corporal mercy (CCC 2447).

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FRANCISCAN FRIARS (24:37) – Paragraphs 101-141 – Fr. Daniel J. Mahan, S.T.L., pastor of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Bloomington, Indiana, and St. Jude the Apostle in Spencer covers the entire Catechism in 111 videos, giving an outline of the content along with clear easy to follow explanations. The series is based on the 2nd Edition of the Catechism.

“The following paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church resonate with the biblical readings for this Sunday. They were chosen either because they cite or allude to the specific readings, or because they treat topics found in the readings.”  —Homiletic Directory

This Week’s Catechism Themes

CCC 101-104: Christ, unique Word of Scripture
CCC 131-133: Scripture in life of the Church
CCC 2653-2654: Scripture as a fountain of prayer
CCC 1723, 2536, 2444-2447: poverty of heart

Upcoming Sundays

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

CCC 599-609: Christ’s redemptive death in the plan of salvation
CCC 520: Christ’s self-emptying as an example for us to imitate
CCC 467, 540, 1137: Christ the High Priest

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

CCC 547-550: Jesus performed messianic signs
CCC 1814-1816: faith, a gift of God
CCC 2734-2737: filial confidence in prayer

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

CCC 2083: commandments as a call for a response of love
CCC 2052, 2093-2094: the first commandment
CCC 1539-1547: holy orders in the economy of salvation

NOVEMBER 2021 Catechism THemes

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

CCC 519-521: Christ gave his life for us
CCC 2544-2547: poverty of heart
CCC 1434, 1438, 1753, 1969, 2447: almsgiving
CCC 2581-2584: Elijah and conversion of heart
CCC 1021-1022: the particular judgment

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

CCC 1038-1050: the Last Judgment; hope of a new heaven and a new earth
CCC 613-614, 1365-1367: Christ’s one perfect sacrifice and the Eucharist

Solemnity of Christ the King: Christ the origin and goal of history

CCC 440, 446-451, 668-672, 783, 786, 908, 2105, 2628: Christ as Lord and King
CCC 678-679, 1001, 1038-1041: Christ as Judge
CCC 2816-2821: “Thy Kingdom Come”

Featured Excerpts

READ IN CONTEXT/VIEW FOOTNOTES – Click on any paragraph to go to page in the USCCB online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Order Hard Copy of the text in English and in Spanish.

Christ, Unique Word of Scripture

101 In order to reveal himself to men, in the condescension of his goodness God speaks to them in human words: “Indeed the words of God, expressed in the words of men, are in every way like human language, just as the Word of the eternal Father, when he took on himself the flesh of human weakness, became like men.”63

102 Through all the words of Sacred Scripture, God speaks only one single Word, his one Utterance in whom he expresses himself completely:64

You recall that one and the same Word of God extends throughout Scripture, that it is one and the same Utterance that resounds in the mouths of all the sacred writers, since he who was in the beginning God with God has no need of separate syllables; for he is not subject to time.65

103 For this reason, the Church has always venerated the Scriptures as she venerates the Lord’s Body. She never ceases to present to the faithful the bread of life, taken from the one table of God’s Word and Christ’s Body.66

104 In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, “but as what it really is, the word of God”.67 “In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them.”68

Scripture in Life of the Church

131 “And such is the force and power of the Word of God that it can serve the Church as her support and vigor, and the children of the Church as strength for their faith, food for the soul, and a pure and lasting fount of spiritual life.”109 Hence “access to Sacred Scripture ought to be open wide to the Christian faithful.”110

132 “Therefore, the study of the sacred page should be the very soul of sacred theology. The ministry of the Word, too – pastoral preaching, catechetics and all forms of Christian instruction, among which the liturgical homily should hold pride of place – is healthily nourished and thrives in holiness through the Word of Scripture.”111

133 The Church “forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful. . . to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.112

Scripture as a Fountain of Prayer

2653 The Church “forcefully and specially exhorts all the Christian faithful . . . to learn ‘the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ’ (Phil 3:8) by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. . . . Let them remember, however, that prayer should accompany the reading of Sacred Scripture, so that a dialogue takes place between God and man. For ‘we speak to him when we pray; we listen to him when we read the divine oracles.”‘4

2654 The spiritual writers, paraphrasing Matthew 7:7, summarize in this way the dispositions of the heart nourished by the word of God in prayer “Seek in reading and you will find in meditating; knock in mental prayer and it will be opened to you by contemplation.”5

Love for the Poor

2443 God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them: “Give to him who begs from you, do not refuse him who would borrow from you”; “you received without pay, give without pay.”232 It is by what they have done for the poor that Jesus Christ will recognize his chosen ones.233 When “the poor have the good news preached to them,” it is the sign of Christ’s presence.234

2444 “The Church’s love for the poor . . . is a part of her constant tradition.” This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor.235 Love for the poor is even one of the motives for the duty of working so as to “be able to give to those in need.”236 It extends not only to material poverty but also to the many forms of cultural and religious poverty.237

2445 Love for the poor is incompatible with immoderate love of riches or their selfish use:

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have killed the righteous man; he does not resist you.238

2446 St. John Chrysostom vigorously recalls this: “Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.”239 “The demands of justice must be satisfied first of all; that which is already due in justice is not to be offered as a gift of charity”:240

When we attend to the needs of those in want, we give them what is theirs, not ours. More than performing works of mercy, we are paying a debt of justice.241

2447 The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities.242 Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.243 Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God:244

He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none and he who has food must do likewise.245 But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, everything is clean for you.246 If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?247

SOURCE: Catechism of the Catholic Church. 2nd ed. Vatican: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2012.

28th Sunday of Year B

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The Word of God

CATHOLIC PRODUCTIONS (10:45)To learn more about this video series, The Mass Readings Explained, and the Gospel reading, Responsorial Psalm, and the Old Testament reading for this Sunday’s Mass, subscribe today to The Mass Readings Explained.

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Dei Verbum

BISHOP ROBERT BARRON (22:15) – Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, talks about Sunday of the Word of God, celebrated on the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time.

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Dr. Scott Hahn – How to Approach the Bible

ST PAUL CENTER (11:08) – Getting into scripture can be overwhelming and confusing! This week Dr. Hahn shares pointers from his own journey on how a simple change in mindset can help us approach scripture. Adopting a holy humility, admitting to the Lord what doesn’t make sense, is the key. Dr. Hahn coins this as the holy “Huh??” This childlike honesty and intellectual simplicity open a new relationship with the Lord and allows Him to reveal his Word speaking to us.

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Sacred Scripture

3-MINUTE THEOLOGY (3:28) – Sacred Scripture is the inspired Word of God! What does this mean? That’s the topic of this week’s 3MT.

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Christ, the Unique Word of Sacred Scripture

BUILDING YOUR FAITH (2:21) – In “Building Your Faith”, Brother Leo of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, continues his work of conducting experiments and using various props to teach the Catholic faith in short, fun-filled lessons. “Building Your Faith” is a web series brought to you by MFVA Media. Please share these videos with your friends & family!

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Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church

BUILDING YOUR FAITH (2:21) – In “Building Your Faith”, Brother Leo of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, continues his work of conducting experiments and using various props to teach the Catholic faith in short, fun-filled lessons. “Building Your Faith” is a web series brought to you by MFVA Media. Please share these videos with your friends & family!

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Why Catholics Use Scripture and Tradition

ASCENSION PRESENTS (12:10) – Fr. Mike explains how the Catholic Church has made all of God’s gifts more accessible to humanity through the ages. Scripture, the Magisterium, and Tradition are not opposing authorities battling for power. They are three pillars that support and inform each other—making God all the more present to us.

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Why the Bible is Actually a Catholic Book

ASCENSION PRESENTS (5:18) – Do you often wonder about the origin of the Bible? How often do you hear people say that the Bible is not actually a Catholic book?

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The Catholic Works of Mercy (Corporal and Spiritual)

THE RELIGION TEACHER (4:35) – The Catholic Church describes a collection of works of mercy to fulfill the great commandment to “love they neighbor.” There are seven corporal works of mercy and seven spiritual works of mercy.

28th Sunday of Year B

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CATHOLIC KIDS MEDIA (1:59) – A fun Catholic reflection for kids based on the readings for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
RCL Benziger

Word of God/Revelation

How and what God reveals forms the centerpiece of Catholic theology. Everything focuses around Jesus Christ, a person we profess as the ultimate and total revelation of God and of God’s love for us. We believe that Jesus is the preexistent and eternal Word of God who by his earthly life, teaching, ministry, and his paschal mystery has definitively shown us the way to God and accomplished our salvation from sin and death. Without this fundamental assertion, Jesus simply is another prophet, a holy man, a founder of a religious movement. By faith, we know and proclaim him to be much more, the eternal Word, the self-communication of God to humanity (OT20).

A major implication of this foundational principle, God’s self-revelation in the person of Jesus, is that a personal response is demanded. God issues an invitation to us—but the response is given in our total and free self-sacrifice. Thus, we Catholics understand that a total and free personal response is the only adequate response we can make to this revelation. To obey the truth revealed in Jesus requires more than shaping one’s intellect. It takes the faithful assent of the whole person: mind, heart, and body.

While this personal response is to be made by each individual believer, faith is not an act performed in isolation. Above all, it is the Church as a community that believes, and in this way, an individual’s faith is born, nourished, and sustained.

SOURCE: RCL BENZIGER Classroom Sessions Year B (2017-2018)

Lesson Plans (PDF)

Lesson segments: Opening Prayer, Life Reflection, Listening to the Word of God, Scripture Discussion Starters, Scripture Background, Questions for Deeper Reflection, Doctrinal Discussion Starters, and the Gospel in Life

Primary Session
Intermediate Session
Junior High Session

SOURCE: RCL BENZIGER Classroom Sessions Year B (2017-2018)

Doctrinal Discussion Starters

What God reveals to us and how God is revealed forms the basis of Catholic theology. Everything focuses around Jesus Christ who is the ultimate revelation of God and God’s love for us. We believe that Jesus is the eternal Word of God who by his earthly life, teaching, and ministry and by his death and resurrection has shown us the way to God and brought us salvation. Jesus is the eternal Word, the self-communication of God to humanity.

This belief implies that there is a need for a personal response. God issues an invitation to us and we have the freedom to turn toward God or turn away. Because God is gracious and merciful we are given a lifetime to respond to the invitation.

While each individual believer makes a personal response, faith is not lived out alone. The Church is a community that believes, and through that community faith is nourished, sustained, and expressed.

  • When have you heard the call to follow Jesus?
  • What keeps you from responding positively to God’s invitation?
  • Describe the faith community that you belong to.
SOURCE: RCL BENZIGER Classroom Sessions Year B (2017-2018)

RCL Benziger

Textbook Series Correlations

Be My Disciples (PDF)

Blest Are We (PDF)


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