Skip to content

Category: Liturgy Prep

Liturgy Prep 0

Preaching – 1st Sunday Lent (B)

Commentary

USCCB PODCAST

Sunday Readings

PLANNING
  1. First readings for Lent in Cycle B focus our attention on covenants with God. This week we hear about God’s covenant with Noah after the flood. Next Sunday we will hear of God’s covenant with Abraham and his descendants. The Third Sunday of Lent brings us the terms of the covenant God made with Moses after the Exodus. The first reading for the Fourth Sunday of Lent sees the destruction of Jerusalem and the Israelites’ exile as a result of unfaithfulness to the covenant.
  2. Of course, this theme will only last for the first two Sundays if you have catechumens ready for the final stage of their preparation for the Easter sacraments. In that case, the readings for the Third, Fourth and Fifth Sundays of Lent will come from Cycle A, at least at whatever Masses you celebrate the scrutinies.
  3. If you have such catechumens in your faith community, this First Sunday of Lent is the day to celebrate the Rite of Sending of the Catechumens for Election. This rite, an optional rite for the United States, helps to link the whole parish with the celebration of the Rite of Election with the bishop, commonly celebrated at the cathedral and/or a centrally located parish later in the day. The rubrics and texts for the Rite of Sending are found in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, beginning at #106.
  4. One of the major deficits in the implementation of the RCIA in many parishes is the lack of involvement of the whole parish in the journey of the candidates. If your parish has involved the whole community throughout the process, then this rite offers an opportunity for the parish to share in this key moment in the catechumen’s journey of faith. If you haven’t adequately involved the community throughout the whole process, it’s still important to do so during Lent.
  5. Remember that Lent developed in conjunction with these final days of the catechumenate in ancient times. The whole community joined with the “elect” (as catechumens who have been called to the sacraments by the bishop are now called) to deepen their own conversion, so that they could richly celebrate the renewal of their own baptism at Easter. The journey of the elect and the Lenten journey of the already baptized merge into a shared experience of repentance and renewal
  6. Even if you don’t have any catechumens in your own parish, try to find ways to help parishioners link their Lenten practices with the elect’s spiritual journey. Can you gather names of the elect in neighboring parishes and pray for them throughout Lent? Might your parishioners write short letters to those preparing for the Easter sacraments, offering their prayers and support?
Adapted: LAWRENCE MICK ©2018: The pastoral/worship planning resource from 2018 Reflections, 2020 Reflections can be read at National Catholic Reporter website.
OUR SUNDAY READINGS
  • Study Guides for the Ascension and the Seventh Sunday of Easter
    by eezell3 on Sunday, May 15, 2022

    NOTE: Below are two Study Guides. The first is for the Solemnity of the Ascension. If you’re in the Archdiocese of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, or Philadelphia, you’ll probably hear the readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Here’s a link to the readings for May 26 or 29, Ascension (usccb.org). Here’s a

  • Study Guide for May 22, The Sixth Sunday of Easter
    by eezell3 on Sunday, May 8, 2022

    Here’s a link to the Sunday readings for May 22 (usccb.org). Sample Commentary on Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 John’s use of the number twelve indicates that he isn’t only describing a physical structure. Just as the word church refers both to a building and to its members, so does this city. The number twelve recalls the

PRO-LIFE MESSAGE

Lent is a time to remember that God first reached out to us. This was not a meagre, one-time gesture like those we often make and withdraw, but a profound, lasting and healing covenant. During this season, we reflect on and ask forgiveness for our own alienating, sinful actions. We ponder in deep prayer and silence that God has invested everything, including a beloved Son, into this relationship.

CATHOLIC MORAL THEOLOGY
  • Second Sunday of Easter: Seeing and Believing
    by Conor Kelly on Wednesday, April 20, 2022

    First Reading – Acts 5:12-16 Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 Second Reading – Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 Gospel Reading – John 20:19-31 There is a curious thread about sight connecting this week’s readings. The role of sight is prominent in the Gospel reading, of course. First, when the disciples who encounter Jesus on

  • Adultery and Idolatry- 5th Sunday of Lent
    by Patrick Clark on Friday, April 1, 2022

    This post was originally published on March 13, 2013 under the same title. Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalm 126:1-6 Philippians 3:8-14 John 8:1-11 Small children are not the only ones who routinely confuse the word “adultery” with “idolatry.” Even though I presume they know the difference, students in my Intro Bible course often mistakenly use one for

  • Fourth Sunday of Lent: Prodigal Mercy
    by Conor Kelly on Wednesday, March 23, 2022

    First Reading – Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 Second Reading – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Gospel Reading – Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 (nb: some parishes will use the readings from cycle A this Sunday, which are an option for all and required if a parish is doing the Scrutinies of the Elect

  • Third Sunday of Lent: Don’t Lose this Opportunity!
    by Jana Bennett on Wednesday, March 16, 2022

    Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15Ps 103: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 111 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12Lk 13:1-9 In our liturgy and imagination, Lent is figured as a journey through the desert, where we spend 40 days living in a barren land with bare necessities, like Jesus’ own days in the desert. Fasting, praying, and almsgiving each provide ways to

  • Second Sunday of Lent: Citizenship in Heaven
    by Maria Morrow on Wednesday, March 9, 2022

    Readings for the Second Sunday of Lent can be found here. We are still towards the beginning of Lent as we observe what is the beginning of the second full week of Lent. We know that this is a time for penance, for recognizing our sins and responding to them with prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.