By Matt Janeczko, OFM Cap.
Last evening, I had the occasion to begin preparing for next week’s homily (Christ the King). This is unusual, of course, because I was able to (a) keep my eyes open on a Sunday evening, and (b) I wasn’t in the midst of running to finish what I needed to finish before Monday morning.
The Gospel selected for Year A on Christ the King is the famous “sheep and goats” scene from the Gospel of Matthew. I opened both William Barclay’s Study Bible for Matthew as well as Dan Harrington’s volume from the Sacra Pagina series. This my normal procedure: read the Gospel several times (along with the other readings) and make a prayerful decision upon a theme that will be central to the homily. From there, it’s a matter of looking through a couple scholarly commentaries to make sure I’m not making things up.
Long story short, I found a hook in Barclay, but also something valuable in Harrington.
Fast-forward to this morning: I double-check to the readings and realize that Franciscans celebrate Elizabeth of Hungary as a Feast: that means proper readings. The Gospel: Matthew’s sheep and goats.
Enter again Father Harrington.
The communion of saints, biblical commentators wing, intercedes for me.