Reflecting on the Lenten Scriptures Cycle A Video Options

Facilitating Small Faith Groups for Lent

For the last two years I’ve offered handouts for Reflecting on the Lenten Scriptures, to be used in parish small faith groups. Year A materials for 2017 are now available.

As I did last year, I selected some options for online videos for further reflection on each week’s theme. Always remember to preview videos before showing to your group, to determine appropriateness for your setting and be sure things work as expected.

First Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

Pope Francis: In Lent, Jesus Helps Us Triumph in the Wilderness (1:34)

How to Have Confidence in God (4:48)

For teens/young adults: Confidence in God (2:21)

Option for meditation: Be Merciful, O Lord (3:18)

Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

Fr. Greg on the Transfiguration of Christ (1:48)

Bishop Barron on All the Light We Cannot See (9:07)

For teens/young adults: An Illustration on Trusting God (2:21)

Option for meditation: Eye Has Not Seen (4:22)

Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

Pope: God’s Mercy Is Limitless (3:00)

What Is Unconditional Love? (3:46)

For teens/young adults: Woman at the Well (5:14)

Option for meditation: His Love Is Everlasting (1:58)

Fourth Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

Jesus of Nazareth: The Man Born Blind (5:45)

Seven Heartwarming Moments of People Seeing for the First Time (3:54)

For teens/young adults: Nine-Year Old Ben Gets eSight Live on TV (3:10)

Option for meditation: Shepherd Me, O God (4:01)

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

Mary Tells the Story of the Raising of Her Brother, Lazarus (3:40)

Optimism, Hope, and St. Josephine Bakhita (3:19)

For teens/young adults: Message of Hope (2:02)

Option for meditation: Out of the Depths (4:40)

Sixth Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

Palm/Passion Sunday (5:50)
Although the video was made for 2016, and the scroll at the bottom of the video identifies the readings for Cycle C, the reflections are about Palm/Passion Sunday in general.

Why Did Jesus Have to Die the Way He Did? (4:37)

For teens/young adults: Jesus Wasn’t a “Good” Man (3:59)

Option for meditation: I Will Never Be the Same Again (4:11)

Also take a look at the Arts & Faith: Lent series, with video reflections based on works of art for each of the Sundays of Lent.

About Joe Paprocki 2742 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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