Why is everyone so obsessed with following the lectionary cycle? In my opinion, that’s the best way to prevent yourself from seeing the bigger picture. I know because I’ve tried it.
Anyhow, I have a recommended Daily Catechism reading plan that works pretty well. It’s called The Apollos System For Reading Stuff.
The system is a bit complicated, so stay with me.
*]First, you start on page 1 and read until you’ve read a section that more or less holds together as a self-contained unit. For example, read *Fidei Depositum *which functions as a sort of preface to the whole work, and continue with paragraphs 1-49, which brings you through the introductory material down through what it means to encounter God, including the “In Brief” section that functions as a sort of bullet-point review.
]As you read, take a pencil and mark the places you like, the places that answer a question that you have had or that you have heard other people have, and the parts that you don’t understand or that you disagree with (which, for good Catholics, is the same thing LOL). Do not mark more than one line in a row.
*]Then close the book and out loud give a thumbnail sketch of what you’ve just read, as if you were making small talk at a bus stop.
*]Finally, memorize verbatim the parts you don’t understand, so that you can ask someone about them later.
*]Repeat this process the next time you read, but begin with trying to recall what you read the previous session before you begin a new section.
*]Some people like to begin with a prayer, such as to the Holy Spirit or (especially in the case of the Catechism) Sts Peter Canisius or Robert Bellarmine. My personal favorite is a short prayer based on Luke 18:41, which in my translation reads, “GOD, I don’t GET THIS”.
*Why not mark more than one line in a row? Because avoiding marking more than one line in a row forces you to boil the passage of interest down to the essential part.