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Mass Resources for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms)

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 30, 2011

This post contains resources (mostly biblical) for both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman rite.

This post will be updated latter today and throughout the rest of the week. These will be marked UPDATE.

*************************Ordinary Form***************************


UPDATE: Homily on Psalm 23.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Ephesians 5:8-14 for the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

UPDATE: Dr. Peter Williamson on the Sunday Epistle. A brief excerpt from his book EPHESIANS, a volume in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (concerning which, see here).

Father MacIntyre’s Commentary on John 9:1-41 for the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

UPDATE: Navarre Bible Commentary:

UPDATE: The Figure of a Blind Man in the Light Papyrological Evidence A scholarly  article which appeared in the Journal BIBLICA in 2010Scrool down below the abstract for the text. Requires Greek font download. See “font instructions” in the left sidebar.

UPDATE: To Worship the Johannine ‘Son of Man.’ John 9:38 as Refocusing on the Father. Another scholarly article from BIBLICA. Also requires a Greek font download.

UPDATE: Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent. From the perspective of Ignatian Spirituality.

Catholic Matters. Readings with brief commentary.

Bible Study. St Charles Borromeo Parish.

Dr Scott Hahn Podcast. Brief, does good job of highlighting the themes of the reading.

St Martha’s Podcast. Looks at all the readings in some detail.

Franciscan Sisters Bible Study Podcast. Usually posted on Thursdays. Looks at all the readings.

Father Robert Barron’s Audio Homily. Fr. Barron is a well known and respected theologian and speaker.

Word Sunday:

  • MP3 PODCAST In this week’s audio podcast, we discuss why people are skeptical of miracles. Why don’t people believe? Is it fear or pride, cynicism or laziness?
  • FIRST READING In the reading from First Samuel, God directed the prophet-judge to anoint a new king. The emphasis here is on God’s initiative. He measures the human heart. He is the one who works his will for the good of all.
  • PSALM Psalm 23 spoke to an utter dependance upon the Lord. He is my shepherd and he cares for me, even through the “valley of the shadow of death.” He is Lord on the pilgrim’s journey
  • SECOND READING In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul urged the faithful to “walk in the light,” to live a private life that was as moral as the public persona that Christianity demanded.
  • GOSPEL In the second narrative of John’s great gospel trilogy, a blind man was cured by Jesus, only to be questioned and rejected by family, neighbors, and the leadership of his synagogue. John used the controversy to highlight the connection between physical sight and spiritual sight. In the end, the man received both.
  • CHILDREN’S READINGS In the First Reading, Sara saw a new sight in the forest that took her breathe away. In the Gospel Reading, Jake knew what sight meant to a blind person: freedom!
  • CATECHISM LINK In the Catechism Link, we discuss faith in the Church, with its four marks and three images.
  • FAMILY ACTIVITY Play a variation of the game “Marco Polo.” Blind fold a family member and have that person “Find Jesus” in the midst of others speaking nonsense phrases.

Gospel Meditation. Gospel reading with brief meditation and prayer.

Lector Notes. Brief, helpful historical and theological background. Can be printed out and used as a bulletin insert.

Historical Cultural Context.

Thoughts From the Early Church. Excerpt from St Ambrose.

Scripture in Depth.

******************EXTRAORDINARY FORM***********************

UPDATE: Roman Missal for the Fourth Sunday of Lent. (English and Latin).

UPDATE: Cornelius a Lapide on Galatians 4:22-31.

UPDATE: St John Chrysostom on Galatians 4. This is on the entire chapter.

UPDATE: Bernardin de Piconio on Galatians 4:22-31.

UPDATE: St Augustine on John 6:1-15.

UPDATE: St John Chrysostom’s Homily on John 6:1-7.

UPDATE: Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on John 6:1-15.

THE FOLLOWING links were added Thursday, Mar 31. Most are on the Gospel (Jn 6:1-15), but a couple are on the Epistle (Gal 4:22-31).

Homily on the Real Presence. Gospel.

Homily on the Epistle.

Homily on the Gospel.

Agar and Sara as Types Respectively of the Jewish and Christian Church. Epistle.

The Miraculous Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. Gospel.

The Firm Purpose of Amendment. Gospel.

The Lenten Masses. Gospel.

Five Loaves of Bread for the Sanctification of Man. Gospel.

How We Are to go to Communion. Gospel.

Christian Benevolence. Gospel.


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