I am always seeking hints/tips/ideas on how I can prepare myself to get the most out of the readings for the upcoming Sunday Mass. I am currently a Magnificat subscriber and I use it to preread and meditate on the readings as well as the reflection that is included. I have found what I consider to be several very good reflections on the internet in audio/podcast form that are available at least a few days before Sunday. One of my favorites is Fr. Robert Barron’s “Word on Fire” reflections on the readings which can be downloaded from his web site at www.wordonfire.org. Fr. Barron is one of my favorite teachers as he has a gift for taking some of the more complex readings and explaining them so that even I can understand them. He is a professor and a priest in good standing in Archdiocese of Chicago and I have heard him speak live many times. He records a homily for the upcoming Sunday’s readings and put them up on his web site usually by Wednesday or Thursday. Another helpful - although a lot shorter - reflection I also use is Scott Hahn’s “Breaking the Bread” reflection which can be found at www.salvationhistory.com. I know there are a lot of very good homilies that are accessible on the web but they are usually recorded during Sunday mass (like Archbishop Dolan’s in New York, etc.) and not posted until later in the week after Sunday.
If anyone knows of other good web sites to listen to good faithful homilies or reflections a day or two before Sunday mass, please let me know. Any other suggestions/hints/tips for putting myself in the most receptive mode during Sunday Mass to hear what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell me would be most appreciated.
To Jesus with Mary!!!