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Resources for Sunday Mass, October 2, 2011 (Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Rite)

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 30, 2011

Sorry about this post being late. These days my dance card is pretty full and I’m finding it hard to maintain my blogging schedule.

This post contains resources for both Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite. The readings in the two forms differ.


Sunday Mass Readings.

Sunday’s Divine Office.

My Notes on Isaiah 5:1-7.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary/Meditation on Psalm 80.

Bernardin de Piconio’s Commentary on Philippians 4:6-9.

Sunday Gospel Scripture Study on Matthew 21:33-43. Video study, 63 minutes.

UPDATE: Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 21:33-43.

UPDATE: Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 21:33-43.

UPDATE: Are We a Faithful Vineyard? Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma looks at all three readings and the responsorial Psalm.

Word Sunday:

  • MP3 PODCAST In this week’s audio podcast, we discuss the dark attitude of selfishness. What’s yours is mine. Too many times, this attitude becomes the way that the powerful treat the powerless. How should we respond?
  • FIRST READING The prophet Isaiah railed against the lax attitude in the royal court and the nation. The people slipped into idolatry and injustice. They were like the wild grapes of the vineyard in the prophet’s parable, sour and useless. As the people had abandoned God, God would turn his back on his people.
  • PSALM Psalm 80 is a hymn of desperation, but not despair. The singer cried out to God in time of crisis, but did not give up on the Lord to deliver his people.
  • SECOND READING In his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul encouraged his audience to live peace-filled, moral lives. He offered himself as an example to the community as the ideal Christian. Was Paul bragging? No, he earned his role as example and mentor through his dedication. Paul knew as well as anyone did of the power Christ had in life.
  • GOSPEL Matthew’s gospel presents a harsh parable about rebel tenants. The story Jesus told depicted the jealousy of the tenant farmers and their unlimited greed. Their fate foreshadowed the destruction of Jerusalem. It was also a warning to everyone who claims God’s will and power as their own.
  • CHILDREN’S READINGS In the story for the first reading, Edith loved her dolls and her doll house. But, but her cousin showed little respect for Edith’s beloved collection. The result was heartbreak, just as God hurts when his people are wild. In the story for the gospel, three different boys are best friends. When one of the boys faces painted words of prejudice, all three hurt. All resolve to remove the words so the hate won’t spread. Jesus told a story of prejudice and destruction as a warning.
  • FAMILY ACTIVITY The parable of the rebel tenants is a story of selfishness that grew into hatred. What would happen if the tenant farmers were giving people. Discuss alternate endings to the parable with your family members.

Haydock Bible Commentary. Originally posted in 2008. Contains readings from the Douay-Rheims translation followed by notes from the commentary.

Bible WorkshopIncludes a few relevant links; guide for reading; comparison of the readings; suggested lessons.

Gospel Reading with Meditation.

Thoughts From the Early Church. Excerpt from St. Basil the Great.

Scripture in Depth.

Catholic Matters. The readings followed by brief explanations.

Parish Bible Study. Pdf document. Notes on the readings used for a bible study.

Lector NotesBrief historical and theological overview of the readings. Can be copied and used for bulletin insert.

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Podcast. Brief audio (test also available). Does good job of highlighting the major theme(s) of the writings.

Fr. Robert Barron’s Homily Podcast. Father Barron is a respected speaker and theologian.


Today’s Roman Missal. Latin and English text of the pre-Vatican II missal. Contains the readings, prayers, etc.

Instructions on the Epistle and Commentary. Contains the readings along with basic instructions concerning them.

A Devout Commentary on Ephesians 3:13-21. A popularized/simplified version of St Thomas Aquinas’ lectures on Ephesians (see below).

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lectures on Ephesians:

Aquinas Catena Aurea on Luke 14:1-11.

NOTE: The following links are to online books. Use the sites zoom feature to increase text size if necessary.

The Sanctification of Sundays and Holy Days. A sermon on the Gospel by Fr. Augustine Wirth, O.S.B.

Pride. Another sermon by Fr. Augustine Wirth.

Homily on the Epistle. By Bishop Bonomelli.

Homily on the Gospel. By Bishop Bonomelli.

St Paul Exhorts and Prays for the Ephesians. Homily on the Epistle by Father Johann Evangelist Zollner.

Christ Heals the Man With Dropsy, Counsels Humility. Homily on the Gospel by J.E. Zollner.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Dogmatic Homily on the Gospel by J.E. Zollner.

How We Are to Sanctify Sundays and Holy Days. Symbolic Homily on the Gospelby J.E. Zollner.

On Pride. Moral Homily on the Gospel by J.E. Zollner.

The Sanctification of Sundays and Holy Days. Moral homily on the Gospel by J.E. Zollner.

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