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February 5: Resources For Sunday Mass (Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms)

Posted by Dim Bulb on January 31, 2012

This post contains biblical and homiletic resources for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite. I usually post such resource lists on Wednesdays, and often update them latter in the week.


Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office. Official site of the licensed publisher of the Office in English. Allows you full access to the Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Night Prayer, and one of the Daytime hours.

Suggested Resources for the Liturgical Year of St Mark. I posted this about a month ago. The list contains both free, online stuff and books for purchase.

Pope St Gregory the Great’s Morals on the Book of Job (Job 7:1-4, 6-7). Online book. Link will take you to the exact page on which his treatment of today’s reading begins (starts at article number 8).

Navarre Bible Commentary on Today’s First Reading (Job 7:1-4, 6-7).

Haydock Bible Commentary on Today’s First Reading (Job 7:1-4, 6-7).

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary/Meditation on Today’s Psalm (147:1-6). This post is on verses 1-11.

Bishop MacEvily’s Commentary on Today’s Second Reading (1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23).

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Today’s Second Reading (1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23. This post includes commentary on verses 24-27 as well.

Bernardin de Piconio’s Commentary on Today’s Second Reading (1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23). This post is actually on all of chapter 9, but the notes on today’s verses are easily found.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Today’s Second Reading (1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23).

Haydock Commentary on Today’s Second Reading (1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23).

Navarre Bible Commentary on Today’s Second Reading (1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23).

UPDATE: Catechism Links Related to Today’s Second Reading (1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23). Popup window.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 1:29-39).

My Notes on Today’s Gospel (Mark 1:29-39).

EWTN Podcast Study on Today’s Reading (Mark 1:29-39). Listen to Episode 2. Includes more than just today’s passage.

Father Phillip’s Podcast Study on Today’s Reading (Mark 1:29-39). Scroll down to find the podcast series on Mark and click on part 2. Includes more than just today’s passage.

Haydock Commentary on Today’s Gospel (Mark 1:29-39).

Navarre Bible Commentary on Today’s Gospel (Mark 1:29-39).

Video: Sunday Gospel Scripture Study on Mark 1:29-39. Online video. Excellent. 61 minutes.

UPDATE: Catechism Links Related to Today’s Gospel (Mark 1:29-39). Popup window.

Toiling for the Kingdom of God. From alesmeralda at Res Biblica. Focuses mostly on the Gospel passage this week.

The Gospel of God and Evangelization. From biblista at Res Biblica. Some brief points for you to reflect upon.

The Bible Workshop. Besides a couple of links which I’ve given above, this post also include a reading guide to the Gospel passage, a comparison of the readings (it would be better if they called it “connecting the readings”), and suggestions for a Lesson (i.e., homily or catechetical instruction.

UPDATE: A Lectio Divina Reading of Mark 1:29-39. An approach to Scripture in the Caremlite tradition.

Word Sunday:

  • MP3 PODCASTIn this week’s audio podcast, we discuss the burdens of duty. Sometimes our lives revolve around what we are “supposed to do.” Our duties become our reasons for being. Jesus came with a duty, a mission for God. But that made the difference. He came to serve and proclaim the Good News.
  • FIRST READING “Why me, God?” This question can be more than a cry of self pity. Sometimes we cry out to God because life does not provide us a way to care for others. Job’s self absorption was not based on self pity but on a sense that his role in life had been deprived him. His duty was to care for his family. A sense of duty can define one’s self image. But, God sometimes has other ideas.
  • PSALM Psalm 147 was a praise song that combined three different poems: praise for God’s care even in poverty, praise for God’s gift of rain for crops, and praise for God’s presence in the Temple. Praise is appropriate for many different situations and conditions in life.
  • SECOND READING St. Paul wrote his audience in Corinth why he felt compelled to preach the Good News. It was a God given-duty, and a God-given privilege, for, to preach the Good News meant partaking in that news.
  • GOSPEL In Mark’s gospel, Jesus taught and healed in order to spread the Good News. It was his duty to reach as many people as possible with God’s message, so they could enjoy God’s presence.
  • CHILDREN’S READINGS In the story for the first reading, Bill and Tom were next door neighbors and best friends. They helped each other in areas where they were weak. They cooperated in ways that made they far stronger than two separate people, just like St. Paul encountered in his ministry. In the story for the gospel, Sandy got so sick, she was given bed rest. She was weak and helpless. Others served her. She felt helpless, like Peter’s mother-in-law must have felt. When Sandy got better, she reacted as Peter’s mother-in-law did after Jesus healed her. She helped others.
  • CATECHISM LINK In this week’s Catechism Link, we discuss the Sacraments of Healing: Anointing of the Sick and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • FAMILY ACTIVITY We all live busy lives. There’s nothing wrong with a busy life, but we should ask a question. Do we live for ourselves or for others? To answer that question, play the “Selfishness Game.” Share with your family that Jesus was busy, but busy for God and for others.

Catholic Mom’s Children’s Resources:

Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological background. Can copied and used for bulletin inserts.

UPDATE: Lection Notes. Different from the above link.

UPDATE: Lector Works.

UPDATE: Sacerdos. Brief sermon giving the theme of the readings, the doctrinal message, and a pastoral application.

Scripture in Depth. Succinct summaries of the readings and Psalm, often with an eye towards how they’re related to one another.

Thoughts From the Early Church. Excerpt from a Sermon by St Peter Chrysologus.

Preaching the Lectionary.

Father Robert Barron’s Homily Podcast. Father Barron is a well know theologian and speaker.

Dr Scott Hahn’s Podcast. Very brief, focuses on the main theme(s) of the readings. Text available.

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast. This week’s installment not available at the time of this posting.

St Martha’s Pocast Bible Study. Usually looks at all of the readings in some detail.

Baptized Into Service. Also from St Martha’s (different speaker).


Latin and English Roman Missal. Page changes daily but you can use the arrows to search for the desired date then click on thee search button between the arrows.

Roman Breviary in Latin and English. Links at bottom of the page are in latin, but the pages themselves are Latin and English side by side.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 10:1-5.

Bernardin de Piconio’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 10:1-5.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 10:1-5.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 10:1-5. Podcast study of chapters 9 and 10.

Father Fonck’s Commentary on the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16).

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 20:1-16.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 20:1-16.

St William of York Bible Study Podcast on Matthew 20:1-16. On chapters 20 and 21.

Sunday Gospel Scripture Study on Matthew 20:1-16. Video. This was prepared for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study on Matthew 20:1-16. This study is on 19:1-20:16.

Some Notes on the Introit, Collect, Gradual, Epistle and Gospel.

Pope St Gregory the Great’s Homily on Matthew 20:1-16.

Homily On The EpistlePrefaced by Epistle reading.

Homily On The GospelFollows previous homily.  refaced by Gospel reading.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Sermon Notes On the EpistleFor meditation and further study.

The following links contain outlines for sermons based upon the Epistle and Gospel reading.  The points put forth in these outlines can be used for meditation or study.

God Favors His PeopleOn the Epistle.

The Three Enemies Of The SoulOn the Epistle.

The Call To God’s ServiceOn the Gospel.

The Unequal Distribution Of God’s GiftsOn the Gospel.  Note: the text uses the word “penny,” Bible translations may use another word, such as “denarius.”

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Father Callan’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23 for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Posted by Dim Bulb on January 31, 2012

Besides his notes on the verses of today’s reading this post includes Father Callan’s brief introduction to all of chapter 9 and also includes his summaries of verses 1-18 and19-23.

INTRODUCTION TO 1 CORINTHIANS 9: At the close of the preceding chapter St. Paul, in order to encourage the Corinthians to abstain from whatever might imperil the eternal welfare of their weaker brethren, called attention to his own determination never to do anything, however licit in itself, that could scandalize his brother in Christ. And now, lest they should say or think that he had promised more than he would be willing to fulfil, he goes into his own past life, as that of one who was free and a genuine Apostle, and shows how he had renounced the rights that were his, so as to promote the Gospel and the spiritual good of others. He had foregone the support which he could have claimed from the faithful, in order to make more beneficial his preaching and to attain to greater perfection (9:1-18); he had made himself the slave of all men in order to save all (9:19-23). The Corinthians, therefore, should imitate his life of austerity and self-denial for the sake of gaining the incorruptible crown of eternal life (9:24-27).


A Summary of 1 Cor 9:1-18~As a genuine Apostle, equal in every way to the twelve, St. Paul had a right to be supported, as they had been, by the faithful for whom he labored in preaching the Gospel. But for fear that the pagans and the new converts might think he preached only for this temporal purpose, and not for their eternal interests, he freely chose to earn his living by his own hands. From this the Corinthians could see and learn what it meant to deny one’s self for spiritual ends and for the sake of others.

16. For if I preach the gospel, it is no glory to me, for a necessity lieth upon me: for woe is unto me if I preach not the gospel.

The glorying (καυχημα) spoken of at the end of the preceding verse did not refer to the fact of having preached the Gospel, for since St. Paul was acting in obedience to the command of Christ in preaching (Acts 26:16 ff.; Rom 1:14), he was not free to do otherwise. His glory, therefore, consisted in preaching without insisting on his temporal rights, in denying himself the maintenance he might justly claim.

17. For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation is committed to me:

This verse is very difficult. To what does this thing refer? Does it refer to the mere fact of preaching the Gospel, which St. Paul was obliged to do, or to preaching the Gospel gratis, which he was not obliged to do? In our judgment the reference is rather to the fact of preaching the Gospel, of which there was
question in the preceding verse. Willingly, then, means “uncommanded,”
and against my will means under “necessity” (verse 16). The meaning of the verse therefore is: If St. Paul had preached the Gospel without having been commanded to do so, of his own choice, he would receive a special reward, and would have reason for glorying (verse 16); but if, as was the case, he
preached because he had been commanded to preach, therefore under necessity, he was only fulfilling the commission entrusted to him, and so was not deserving of anything but the ordinary reward due to the fulfillment of one’s obligations.

A dispensation is committed, etc. Literally, “I have been entrusted with a stewardship.”

18. What is my reward then? That preaching the gospel, I may deliver the gospel without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

Had then the Apostle no special reward awaiting him, since the preaching of the Gospel was not his free choice but his bounden duty? Yes, his special reward consisted in foregoing his right to temporal support by the faithful and in preaching the Gospel without charge.

I abuse not. Better, “I use not to the full” (μη καταχρησασθαι). This and the preceding verse prove the existence and merit of works of supererogation.


A Summary of 1 Cor 9:19-23~The Apostle has just told us at considerable length how he refused the temporal support to which he was entitled, in order not to impede the spread of the Gospel. But this was only one of the privations he freely chose to undergo. He also gave up his liberty and became ail things to all men, that he might gain all for Christ, and that his own reward might be the greater. How such an example ought to shame those Corinthians who were unwilling to abstain from eating meats that offended their weaker brethren!

19. For whereas I was free as to all, I made myself the servant of all,
that I might gain the more.

St. Paul was God’s messenger to men, and as such he was in no wise subject to human beings. He could have lived and acted as he pleased so long as he was in conformity with his mission; but he surrendered his rights to such liberty of life and action and became the servant of all to whom he preached, in order that he might gain a greater number to Christ.

22. To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak. I became all things to all men, that I might save all.

To the weak, etc., i.e., for the sake of those who were weak in faith and easily scandalized (8:7, 9-12; Rom 14). St. Paul refrained from indifferent actions which they might misunderstand and take to be wrong.

I became all things . . . that I might save all. A better reading of this last clause is, “that I may save some” (ινα παντως τινας σωσω). Thus, he acted in such a way as to save all, in order to save some.

The Vulgate ut omnes facerem salvos should be, ut aliquos faciam salvos.

23. And I do all things for the gospel’s sake : that I may be made partaker thereof.

The sacrifices and works of supererogation performed by St. Paul were not only for the sake of others, but for his own sake as well.

For the gospel’s sake, i.e., for the sake of the great rewards promised in the Gospel. The Apostle has labored so generously, in order that he may be made partaker, along with his converts, of the blessings held out in the Gospel.

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