Commentaries for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C (and for Sexagesima Sunday, Extraordinary Form)
Posted by Dim Bulb on January 29, 2013
This post contains resources (mostly biblical and homiletic) for both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite. I have added a new heading (CHILDREN’S RESOURCES) at the very end of the Ordinary Form listings. Links to other sites should not be considered as endorsements of their view since I don’t have time to check out every link.
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
READINGS AND OFFICE:
Today’s Mass Readings. Used in the USA.
Mass Readings in the NJB Translation. Scroll down. Used in most English speaking countries. For some reason the site has the Gospel reading before the second reading.
Anglican Use Daily Office. ”Briefly, it is a provision for an “Anglican style” liturgy similar to the Book of Common Prayer as an ecclesiastically approved variant on the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.” More info.
COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19.
Link fixed. Navarre Bible Commentary on Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19.
My Notes on Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19. On 4-19.
COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15-17.
St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 71. Entire psalm.
Pending: My Notes on Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15-17.
COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13. Note that a shorter reading (13:4-13) is allowed.
St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13. Does not include comment on 12:31.
Pending (maybe): Father Rickaby’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13.
COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL: Luke 4:21-30.
Link fixed. Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 4:21-30.
GENERAL RESOURCES: sites that usually deal with the readings as a whole (with some occasional specialty studies). Commentaries on individual readings are listed further below.
Word Sunday. The readings in both and literal translation, notes on the text, podcast, children’s reading.
Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological background on the readings. Can be printed out, copied, and used as bulletin insert.
Scripture Speaks. I’ve linked to the archive. Hasn’t been updated in a while.
The Bible Workshop. Links to several relevant articles, contains a reading guide to the gospel text, a comparison of the readings, suggestions for a lesson (i.e., homily).
The Wednesday Word. It’s about the Sunday readings, but the document is posted on Wednesday, hence the name. Designed for prayer and reflection, the pdf document ends with Father Dom Henry Wansbrough’s reflections on the first and second readings. Fr. Wansbrough is General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible and contributed commentaries on Matt, Mark, and the Pastorals in A New Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture.
St Charles Borromeo Parish’s Bible Study Notes. Notes on all the readings, usually with some background info as well.
Sacred Page Blog: Why Do People Hate a “Good Person?”. Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma reflects on the readings.
Glancing Thoughts. Reflections on the 2nd reading from philosopher Eleanore Stump.
Thoughts From The Early Church. Excerpt from St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Isaiah.
Scripture In Depth. Succinct summary of the readings and their relation to one another.
St Irenaeus Ministries on Jeremiah~Introduction and ch. 1 in Two Parts: click on the POD icon or the direct download link.
Father Mike’s Bible Study Podcast on Jermiah. Overview of the book of Jeremiah from a contemporary, mainstream perspective.
Father Mitch Pacwa’s Old Testament Prophets. Scroll down and listen to episode 54 which looks at Jeremiah 1.
In the Footsteps of St Paul by Fr. Mitch Pacwa. Listen to episode 9 which deals with St Paul’s teaching on love and the spiritual gifts.
UPDATE: Video: Dr. Brant Pitre on Jesus in Nazareth, Part 2. Part 1 here in case you missed. it
Catholic Mom. Appears geared towards ages 7-14.
Word Sunday’s Children’s Reading. Two stories seeking to draw a lesson from the first and Gospel readings.
Catholic Kid’s Bulletin. Downloadable. Geared towards younger children.
We Believe. Activities geared towards Kindergarten through 8th grade. Also has resources for catechists, clergy, etc.
Hometown Boy Makes Good (But Gets No Respect). Sermon on today’s Gospel by Sermons 4 Kids.
Only a Carpenter’s Son. Sermon on the Gospel by Sermons 4 Kids.
The Catholic Toolbox. Activities, crafts, games, etc., for class or home.
Dominica in Sexagesima ~ II. classis
MISSAL AND BREVIARY:
Daily Roman Missal. Be sure correct date is set.
Roman Breviary. Be sure correct date is set.
Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistle and Gospel. Readings and prayers from the Mass of the day, with brief instructions on the readings.
COMMENTARIES ON THE LESSON: 2 Corinthians 11:19-12:9.
Pending: Father de Piconio’s Commentary on 2 Cor 11:19-12:9.
COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL: Luke 8:4-15.
Link fixed. Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 8:4-15.
CATECHESIS AND DOCTRINAL INSTRUCTIONS:
Doctrinal Instructions on the Angels. Chapter from an online book. It was common to give instructions on the angels for this Sunday inasmuch as an angel of Satan was mentioned in the first reading (2 Cor 12:7), and Satan is mentioned in the Gospel text (Luke 8:12).
The Nature of Angels. Chapter from an online book.
Angels in the World. Chapter from an online book.
Moral Instruction on Fasting and Prayer. From the Catechism of the Council of Trent. On this Sunday it was common to give instruction on fasting and prayer in preparation for the coming of Lent.
HOMILIES AND HOMILY NOTES:
Homily on the Epistle. Prefaced by reading.
In What the Apostle Glories. Homily on the epistle. Prefaced by the reading.
Why the Word of God Has So Little Effect at the Present Time. Homily on the Gospel. Prefaced by the reading (starts near bottom of the page).
The Reading of the Bible. Homily on the gospel.
The Ceremonies at the Preaching of the Word of God. Homily on the gospel.
The Thorns are a Symbol of the Riches and Pleasures of This Life. Homily on the gospel.
Why the Word of God With Many Christians Yields No Fruit. Homily on the gospel.
What We Must Do So That the Word of God Which Is Preached To Us May Produce Fruit. Homily on the gospel.
The Poor Soil Onto Which the Word of God Generally Falls. Homily on the gospel.
The Word of God. Homily on the gospel.
On the Necessity of Hearing the Word of God in a Sermon. Homily on the gospel. Scroll down to bottom of page to find the start of the homily.
Our Wisdom. Homily on the gospel.