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Sunday, March 10~Mass Resources for the Fourth Sunday of Lent Year C (Ordinary Form)

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 4, 2013

I hope to have this post substantially finished by Wednesday evening (March 6). I also hope to have resources for the Extraordinary Form available by then.

This post contains resources (mostly biblical and homiletic) for the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year C. Resources for the Extraordinary Form of the Rite can be found here. For information concerning the two forms see here.



  • 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.

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. All the readings in both and literal translation, notes on the text, podcast, children’s reading.
  • The Unofficial Lectionary. Previously posted. All the readings from the Douay-Rheims Challoner version followed by notes from the old Haydock Commentary.
  • SacerdosGives the theme of the readings, the doctrinal message, and pastoral application.
  • 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).
  • Pending: 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.
  • Sacred Page BlogReflection on the readings by Catholic biblical scholar Dr John Bergsma.
  • Update: Speaking of Scripture Blog. An excerpt from Father Stegman’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians, one of the volumes in the New Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture NT commentary series. Unfortunately, the brief quote cannot do justice to this well done and highly readable exposition.


  • Catholic MomScroll down to this Sunday. Resources appear oriented towards 7-14 years of age.
  • We Believe. Activities geared towards Kindergarten through 8th grade. Also has resources for catechists, clergy, etc.
  • The Catholic Toolbox. Not yet posted. Activities, crafts, games, etc., for class or home.
  • Domestic Church. Lent and Easter activities arranged for families, younger children, older children.


COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7. Unless noted otherwise all commentaries are on the entire Psalm.


COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. The Parable of the Prodigal Son.

HOMILIES ON THE GOSPEL AND/OR ON PENANCE: Some of the resources are on penance, penitents, and repentance in general.


  • Father Francis Martin’s Reflections in Four Parts: Each approximately 15 minutes.

Part 1: IntroductionOn fasting.

Part 2: 1st Reading and Responsorial Psalm.

Part 3: 2nd Reading.

Part 4: Gospel Reading.

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