PTW masthead

Please accept our apologies for the email delivery delays some subscribers have experienced as we upgraded our email server. Please make sure to check your spam/junk folder to see whether your subscription emails have landed there. We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve various technical issues.

Prepare to be great.

Award-winning writers. Tons of content. Easy to use.

Get to know our writers
Meet Alice Camille

The people behind our award-winning content will surprise and inspire you. 

Feel free to email them to ask questions, offer feedback, or just say hello! Click here to learn more.

Prepare the Word is the ultimate resource for preachers and parish ministers. Join thousands of others and gain access to our comprehensive content library for homily preparation and parish evangelization.

Subscribe now.

Sunday Reflection for April 27, 2014
Solemnity of the Second Sunday of Easter
View Reflection for:
Sunday Summary

Acts 2:42-47 The first generation of church was so great that people gave their money away to get in.

Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 Everlasting love is the cornerstone of the church.

1 Peter 1:3-9 If heaven were a bank, would you trust all your valuables there?

John 20:19-31 Having friends who have seen the Lord isn't as convincing as seeing him yourself.

Easter Sunday

PDF - APRIL - Text
PDF - MAY - Text

Exploring the Word
Give me that early church religion
Every Sunday the collection basket circulates throughout churches across America. You and I throw in our dollar, five dollars, ten, 20. If you've ever been drafted for counting duty, you know that once in a while someone throws in a $100 bill! Perhaps that's when the sermon is especially good, or maybe when someone is feeling especially grateful—or guilty . . .
Read More of this and future Reflections
Weekday Homily Reflection for April 21, 2014
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, April 20, 2014

View Preaching the News for:
Preaching the News
» Loved ones left adrift in Malaysian 370’s disappearance – “Losing confidence in false authorities is not a bad position from which to discover what the truth is,” says Alice Camille in this Easter Sunday's PrepareTheWord reflection. As the search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370 moves deep . . . More...
» Power to the people – “The right hand of the Lord has struck with power,” exclaims the psalmist this Easter Sunday, adding that “it is wonderful in our eyes.” Electrical power finally struck home for Margie and Alivin Tso Monday, after the Navajo Nation members who are in their 80s raised . . . More...
» As nation warms up, so does the economy – Easter is the season of Resurrection and hope. With the removing of the stone recounted in this Sunday's gospel, the season of possibility and promise is upon us. And the U.S. economy seems to be cooperating, with the latest sales . . . More...
» Vatican sheds digital light on ancient manuscripts – In this Sunday’s first reading, Saint Peter describes how God raised Jesus “on the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all the people, but to us.” The Vatican’s manuscript archives have operated in a similar fashion, visible only to a few . . . More...
Quote of the Week
"My superior is a gamer. You know you're a media nun when your superior is a gamer."
—Daughter of Saint Paul Sister Helena Burns, who is "constantly zipping over to social media" to discuss vocations while she goes about her daily routine.

Source: The Atlantic
Fact of the Week
Millennials spend as much as 18 hours a day surfing the Web, watching T.V., texting, playing video games, and using social media, sometimes at the same time, according to a new analysis.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Pastoral Trends
Dialogue needed about parish ministry
Priests are happy—but morale is low. Pastors find encouragement from their parishioners—but not enough from their fellow pastors. Associate pastors often become pastors . . .  Read more...