(UPDATED)Resources and Commentaries for the Second Sunday of Lent, Year A
Posted by Dim Bulb on October 6, 2013
Update: A section entitled “Suggestions for Preaching, Reflection, and Further Study has been added below the Commentaries on the Gospel reading. The section “General Resources” has also been added.
COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Genesis 12:1-4a.
COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 33.
COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 2 Timothy 1:8b-10.
COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Matthew 17:1-9.
St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on Matthew 17:1-9. On 16:28-17:9
SUGGESTIONS FOR PREACHING, REFLECTION, FURTHER STUDY:
See also the General Resources section below.
1). The Mercy of God: Abraham was called and promised a great name because of God’s mercy, for He wished to begin reversing the the punishment mankind brought upon itself when it sought to make a name for itself (see the first reading, Gen 12:1-4 in connection with Gen 11:1-32). Believers, who have been called to holiness (2nd reading) have in the example of God’s call to Abraham a solid foundation for hope in His mercy (Psalm). The same foundation is found in Christ’s action, for he called Peter, James and John to witness the future glory He would have as a result of His Passion, even though they did not, and could not, understand it at the time (Gospel reading, Mt 17:1-11 in conjunction with Mt 16:21-23 and Mt 20:17-23).
2. The Unity of the Law, the Prophets, and the Gospel. See especially in the Gospel reading the references to the Moses (law), Elijah (Prophets), and the command to hear Jesus (Gospel). See CCC 121-130. See this brief sermon by St Augustine. Consider also the function of the Law in relation to the promises to Abraham as fulfilled in Christ and, through Him, fulfilled in us (Gal 3:7-4:7).
3. The Stages of Revelation Culminates in Jesus Christ. See CCC 53-65.
4. Doctrinal Homily Outline. Give the central idea, doctrinal application, practical application.
5. Sermon of St Alphonsus Ligouri on Matthew 17:4. The glories of heaven make insignificant the sufferings of the present life. Paragraphs 2, 9 & 10 relates well to what the 2nd reading has to say about the hardship of the Gospel and the strength that comes from God.
6. Sermon of St Augustine on the Transfiguration. Paragraph 3, and especially 6, relates well to the theme of hardship in the second reading (and see number 4 above). Paragraphs 2, 4 & 5 highlight the surpassing greatness of Christ/Gospel in comparison to the Law and the Prophets (see numbers 2 & 3 above).
7. Pope St Leo the Great’s Homily on the Transfiguration. Deals with the following points: Peter’s confession of faith and failure to understand the significance of the Passion leads to the Transfiguration (# I-II). Object and meaning of the Transfiguration (# III). Significance of the appearing of Moses and Elijah (# IV). St Peter’s Suggestion contrary to the divine order (# V). The import of the Father’s voice from the cloud (# VI). Who it is that we have to hear (# VII). The Father’s words have a universal application to the Church (# VIII).
Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological background on the readings. Can be printed out, copied, and used as bulletin insert.
Let the Scriptures Speak. Brief but informative. Focuses on the significance of the call of Abraham.
Lector Works. A series of thoughts about the lectionary readings of the day, as an oral proclamation within the church’s public prayer, and how the writer would want to have them declared and received effectively.
Scripture in Depth. Succinct look at the readings.