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Q: Recently a couple left our Catholic parish for a neighboring protestant community suggesting they wanted more insights into the Bible than they receive during my homilies, despite these being anchored in the Lectionary readings. Curiously other parishioners are excited by my biblical focus and what they are learning. The usual parish pendulum is alive and well. It’s a good challenge for me to explore further the biblical references permeating the Catholic Mass and our other liturgies. Please suggest examples and resources to use and to highlight how we Catholics are nourished by both Word and Sacrament.


A: I worked on a couple of resources pertaining to the lectionary. You can find my bulletin inserts on the first and second readings here:  https://ltp.org/products/details/LIRA/lectionary-bulletin-inserts. These could also give homilists a few points to ponder.

I was also privileged to work on the re-issue of Adrian Nocent’s fine books, The Liturgical Year, one of the first commentaries on the lectionary. https://litpress.org/Products/3573/The-Liturgical-Year-Set
These give much food for thought.