Lent, Year A

Gospel Lesson Plans

Lent invites us to step off our mental treadmills, take a breath, and look around. Lent invites us to ask: Where are we demanding solutions? Where can we risk staying in tension? Where are we blind just not noticing? What do we thirst for? Where are we bound or stuck? What will we risk doing during these 40 days of Lent to clear a space in which Easter can break through?

Old Testament Lesson Plans

In the early Church the Easter Vigil was the only time that Baptisms were performed. The forty days leading up to Easter was used as a time of reflection, self-examination, and instruction for the catechumens, or new converts, in preparation for the new life they would receive at Baptism. Lent has always been a teaching season. All the lectionary readings during Lent point towards Baptism, either its promises and covenants, or its signs and symbols. Lent is often referred to as a short course in Baptism or a primer of our Christian faith.

Year ADateScriptureOld Testament Lesson PlanGospel Lesson Plan
First Sunday in Lent Intergenerational Matthew 4:1-11n/aTurning to God and One Another
First Sunday in LentGenesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Matthew 4:1-11
Saying Yes to GodSeeking Another Way
Second Sunday in LentGenesis 12:1-4a
John 3:1-17
Faith in GodThe Choice to Risk Believing
Third Sunday in LentExodus 17:1-7
John 4:5-42
Trust in GodShe said, “Come and See”
Fourth Sunday in Lent1 Samuel 16:1-13
John 9:1-41
God Looks at our HeartSearching for Sight
Fifth Sunday in LentEzekiel 37:1-14
John 11:1-45
Prophets Bring HopeGetting Free from What Keeps us Bound
Sixth Sunday in LentPalm SundayIsaiah 50:4-9a
Matthew 26:14-27:66
Prophets and Role ModelsThe Crucifixion