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January 29, 2012~Resources for Sunday Mass (Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms)

Posted by Dim Bulb on January 24, 2012

This post contains mostly biblical and homiletic resources for this Sunday’s Mass readings for both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Rite. Please be aware that the readings in the two Forms differ. This post will probably be updated several times before Sunday.


Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

Pope Benedict XVI on Deuteronomy 18:15-20. The introduction to JESUS OF NAZARETH, Vol. 1.

Haydock Commentary on Deuteronomy 18:15-20. Actually, these notes are on the entire chapter.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Deuteronomy 18:15-20. Originally posted in 2009.

The Prophet Like Moses. From Res Biblica.

A Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 95. Entire Psalm.

Pending: My Notes on Psalm 95. Entire Psalm. (Will post Wednesday or Thursday Evening).

Haydock Commentary on Psalm 95. Entire Psalm .

Father Callan’s Commentary on 1 Cor 7:32-35. This post is actually on verses 25-40.

Bishop MacEvily’s Commentary on 1 Cor 7:32-35.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 Cor 7:32-35. Originally posted in 2009.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of 1 Cor 6-7. Audio. SIM’s podcast archive can be found here.

Haydock Commentary on 1 Cor 7:32-35. On all of chapter 7.

My Notes on Mark 1:21-28.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 1:21-28.

UPDATE: Sunday Gospel Scripture Study. Video, 59 minutes.

Fr. Phillip’s Podcast Study on Mark 1:21-28. Actually this podcast encompasses verses 21-45. You can find all Fr. Phillip’s podcasts here (scroll down for Mark). 61 minutes long.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 1:21-28. Originally posted in 2009.

Haydock Commentary on Mark 1:21-28. All of chapter 1.

The Authority of the Son. From Res Biblica. Some interesting info.

First Impressions. Reflections on the readings. Time sensitive link.

UPDATE: Hearing the Voice of the Ultimate Prophet. Catholic biblical Scholar Dr. John Bergsma’s blog post on the readings.

Word Sunday:

  • MP3 PODCAST In this week’s podcast, we discuss what it means to teach with power. A personal, inner power can turn the most boring presenter into a dynamic teacher.
  • FIRST READING The book of Deuteronomy foretold of a great Prophet, one who would lead the nation. He would not rebel, nor would he prophesy falsely. As Christians, we believe the great Prophet is Jesus, our Teacher..
  • PSALM Psalm 95 is one of the great praise hymns in the Bible. It was a gathering song, a call for the people to worship. Along with that call was a warning: do not presume the Lord’s will or turn your back on him. So, like the people of ancient Israel, we are called to praise God with sincere hearts. We are not to turn away from him..
  • SECOND READING We all give example to others in life. The question remains: how powerful is our example? Place that question in the context of married life. St. Paul did in his first letter to the Corinthians. He compared the single life to the married life and found the former superior as an ideal. For Paul, it was easier to show others a holy life as a single person, without the distractions of spouse or children. Paul also recognized individual needs might require marriage.
  • GOSPEL Mark’s gospel tells us Jesus could exorcize based upon the power of his teaching. That viewpoint might sound strange to us moderns. But we should realize that words sometimes are more powerful than actions, especially when the word comes from God..
  • CHILDREN’S READINGS In the story of the first reading, Jennifer was depressed from a broken home life. She was looking for a friend. Her coach told her to start with God as a friend. In Deuteronomy, Moses promised a great Prophet, someone who would speak to us about God’s will. He would be our true friend and give us good advice. We believe this friend is Jesus. In the story for the gospel, Kenny was a great baseball player but a terrible team member. He wanted to the star. He wanted to be in charge. Many coaches didn’t want Kenny on their teams. Some called Kenny “possessed.” Then, Kenny joined Coach Ralph’s team. Coach Ralph challenged Kenny to learn more, respect more, and become a team player. Like Jesus when he exorcized the demonic, Coach Ralph was able to turn a selfish player into something much better.
  • CATECHISM LINK In this week’s Catechism Link, we investigate Jesus as Teacher and Miracle Worker.
  • FAMILY ACTIVITY To restore the notion of power in words, play the old “telephone” game with your family members. The lesson of the game is not only the fragile nature of words (we can be so easily misunderstood) but the power of words when we understand their true import.

St Charles Borromeo Parish Bible Study Notes.

Catholic Mom Resoruces:

Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological background. Can be printed out, copied and used as bulletin inserts.

Historical Cultural Context. The Gospel reading in light of the first century Mediterranean world.

Thoughts From the Early Church. An excerpt from John Henry Newman who, while not of the early church, was an authority on it.

Scripture in Depth.

Catholic Matters. The readings followed by brief explanations.

The Bible Workshop. The “relevant links” by Res Biblica which this site offers I have linked to above. But the site also contains a reading guide for the Gospel passage, a comparison of the readings, and suggestions for a lesson (i.e., homily).

Preaching the Lectionary. As I write this the post for this Sunday is not yet available.

Father Robert Barron’s Homily Podcast. As of this writing this coming Sunday’s homily has yet to be posted.

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Podcast. Audio. Very brief. Does good job of highlighting the major theme(s) of the readings. Text available.

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast. This Sunday’s Study probably wont be available until late in the week.

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


Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistle and Gospel. Includes the readings with brief explanations, prayers, and a short essay on Divine Providence. Online book, use the site’s zoom feature to increase text size for easier reading.

Bernardin de Piconio’s Commentary on Romans 13:8-10.

Bishop MacEvily’s Commentary on Romans 13:8-10.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Romans 13:8-10.

St John Chrysostom’s Commentary on Romans 13:8-10.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 8:23-27.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 8:23-27.

St Jerome’s Homily on Matthew 8:23-27.

What is the Meaning of Jesus is Asleep? A Homily by St Augustine.

The Mystical Ship, Part 1: Aquinas’ Homily Notes on the Gospel. Can be used for homily ideas, points for meditation or further study.

The Mystical Ship, Part 2: Aquinas’ Homily Notes on the Gospel. Can be used for homily ideas, points for meditation or further study.

NOTE: The following links are to online books. You can increase the text size by using the site’s zoom feature (the magnifying glass icon).

Homily on the Gospel. Fr. Augustine Wirth.

Homily on the Gospel. Bishop Bonomelli.

Homily on the Epistle. Fr. Augustine Wirth.

Homily on the Epistle. On site. Bishop Bonomelli.

Paying Our Debts: Sermon Notes on Romans 13:8. Can be used to provide points for meditation, further study, homilies, etc.

The Decalogue: Sermon Notes on Romans 13:10. Can be used to provide points for meditation, further study, homilies, etc.

The Storm a Type of the Church and the Soul: Sermon Notes on Matt 8:24. Can be used to provide points for meditation, further study, homilies, etc.

The Storm at Sea as a Type of Our Passions: Sermon Notes on Matt 8:24. Can be used to provide points for meditation, further study, homilies, etc.


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