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Sunday, July 17 2011: Resources for Today’s Mass (Ordinary and Extraordnary Forms)

Posted by Dim Bulb on July 13, 2011

This post contains resources (mostly commentaries and  homilies) for the readings used in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite. The readings in the two forms differ. Updates may be added to this list later in the week.

ORDINARY FORM
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Mass Readings. The Gospel for today has a longer (Matt 13:24-43) and a shorter version (Matt 13:24-30).

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary/Meditation on Psalm 86.

Bernardin de Piconio’s Commentary on Romans 8:26-27.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Romans 8:26-27.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 13:24-43. (Longer reading).

Word Sunday:

Haydock Bible Commentary. A blog post from 2008.

Historical Cultural Context. The Parable of the Sower in light of 1st century Mediterranean culture.

Thoughts From the Early Church. Excerpt from a homily by Gregory Palamas.

Scripture in Depth. Good summary of the readings.

Catholic Matters. The readings with brief explanations.

Scripture Study Notes From St Charles Borromeo Parish.

Dr. Scott Hahn Podcast. Brief audio highlights major theme(s). Text available.

St Martha’s Podcast. Audio which examines the readings in some detail.

Father Robert Barron’s Homily Podcast. From a well known and respected speak and theologian.

EXTRAORDINARY FORM
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Roman Missal. Latin and English text side by side.

Bishop MacEvily’s Commentary on 1 Peter 3:8-15. Previously posted.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 5:20-24. Previously posted. The commentary is actually on verses 20-26.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 5:20-24. Previously posted. The commentary is actually on verses 20-26.

Homily on the Epistle.

Homily on the Gospel.

(1) Homily Notes on the Epistle (Christian Unity). Can be used for sermon idea, meditation,  further study, etc.

(2) Homily Notes on the Epistle (Presence of God). Can be used for sermon ideas, meditation, further study, etc.

(3) Homily Notes on the Gospel (Christian Justice). Can be used for sermon ideas, meditation, further study, etc.

(4) Homily Notes on the Gospel (Reconciliation). Can be used for sermon ideas, meditation, further study, etc.

St Alphonsus Ligouri’s Homily on the Gospel.

Homiletic Sketch on the Epistle (St Peter Gives Salutary Lessons).

Homiletic Sketch on the Gospel (False and True Justice).

Symbolical Sketch on the Gospel (Anger, A Burning Fever).

Moral Sketch on the Gospel (We Must Forgive Those Who Offend Us).

Moral Sketch on the Gospel (The Justice of the Scribes and Pharisees).

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Father Callan’s Commentary on Romans 8:26-27

Posted by Dim Bulb on July 13, 2011

26. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity. For we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit himself asketh for us with unspeakable groanings.

The third proof of the certainty of our future glory comes from the Holy Ghost who dwells in the faithful soul (see note below). As the creature, and as we ourselves yearn for our complete redemption, so likewise does the Holy Spirit, who dwells in our hearts. And this Holy Spirit also helpeth (συναντιλαμβανεται, i.e., lends a helping hand and cooperates with us) the infirmity of our prayers.

(Note: Father Callan, in his summary of 8:14-30, writes this concerning the proofs of the certainty of our future glory~The certainty of this future glory is proved: (a) from the desire of irrational creatures (Rom 8:19-22); (b) from the desire of the faithful (Rom 8:23-25); (c) from the desire of the Holy Ghost dwelling in us (Rom 8:26-27); (d) from the designs of God Himself (Rom 8:28-30).

For we know not, etc. Although we know in a general way from the Our Father (Matt 6:9) what form our prayers should take, still often we do not know how to ask in particular cases. At these times the Spirit himself comes to our aid and asketh for us, i.e., moves us to ask as we ought (Matt 10:20), putting on our lips unspeakable groanings, i.e., words unintelligible to man, but understood by God. There is question here of an extraordinary kind of prayer in which the soul is absorbed in God, and does not understand what it says or what it does. The state is somewhat comparable to that of the gift of tongues possessed at times by the early Christians who could pray in strange languages without being able to interpret their prayers (1 Cor 14:2-39); but there is not a complete parity between the state here mentioned and that of those early Christians. The gift of tongues has disappeared now, but the inspiration or direction of the Spirit concerning which St. Paul wrote to the Romans is always present to the faithful soul, teaching it how to pray (Matt 10:20).

27. And he that searcheth the hearts, knoweth what the Spirit desireth; because he asketh for the saints according to God.

While the utterance which the Spirit frames for us and puts on our lips may be altogether inexplicable to us and unintelligible to others, nevertheless God, whose science penetrates all the secrets of our hearts (1 Kings 8:39; Ps 7:10), knoweth the desires ( το φρονημα) which the Spirit utters through us, i.e., God knows the end to which the petitions of the Spirit tend and the purpose which they serve.

Because (οτι, in the sense of quod, “that”). God knows not only the desire of the Spirit, but He knows also that what the Spirit asks is always conformable to the divine will (κατα θεον), and tends, therefore, to the fulfillment of the divine decrees and to the consequent salvation of the faithful soul (Cornely).

For the saints (υπερ αγιων) , i.e., on behalf of those who are dear to God, namely, the faithful.

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Bernardin de Piconio’s Commentary on Rom 8:26-27

Posted by Dim Bulb on July 13, 2011

26. Likewise also the Spirit helps our infirmity: for we know not what to pray for as we ought: but the Spirit himself prays for us with unutterable groanings.
27. But he who searches hearts, knows what the Spirit wants: because he prays for the Saints according to God
.

24. We are saved by hope, not yet in effect and reality. The completion of our salvation is yet subject to hope. That which we possess is no longer a hope. The wicked pass their lives in good things, in the enjoyment of pleasure; but they groan when they come to die. The faithful groan in this life, and rejoice to leave it. I was glad in what was said tome, we will go into the house of the Lord.

26. Our weakness and infirmity are so great that we know not what to pray for, or how to pray so as to be heard. But the Spirit who dwells within us, and cares for each of us, prays for us and in us with an earnestness and intensity which no language can describe. God, who searches the heart, knows, though we know not, what the Spirit within us so earnestly longs for, and so earnestly
demands. And this prayer is always in accordance with his will, for the Spirit demands what is required for the salvation of the Saints and their advancement to glory.

Helps our infirmity. Aids us and raises us, with the strength of his Almighty hand, when we are about to sink or fail. The Spirit prays not alone, but in us, with us, for us, through us, urging and exciting us to pray.

We are so miserable, as to be in want of all things; so weak, that we cannot ask for what we want; so ignorant that we know not what to ask for. The charity of the Holy Spirit in our hearts opens our eyes to see our misery, teaches us to recognise and long for, strengthens us to ask and implore, the grace we require to make us what we ought to be, and that with fervour and earnestness which the most experienced cannot understand, much less
describe.

27. He prays for the Saints. Only for the Saints? No doubt the Holy Spirit also urges sinners to prayer, in whom as yet he does not dwell, and in such a way that their prayer is effectual, and obtains what is necessary for their salvation, if it be pious and persevering. (source)

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