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Resources and Commentaries for the 1st Sunday of Lent, Year A

Posted by Dim Bulb on October 6, 2013

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR A

READINGS:

Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition. Used in the USA.

Readings from the New Jerusalem Bible. Used in most English speaking countries.

Today’s Divine Office.

Anglican Use Office. ”Briefly, it is a provision for an “Anglican style” liturgy similar to the Book of Common Prayer as an ecc

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING:

Word-Sunday Notes on Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7. Scroll down slightly.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 51.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Today’s Responsorial  (Ps 51).

St Augustine’s Notes on Today’s Responsorial (Ps 51).

St John Fisher’s Sermons on Today’s Responsorial (Ps 51). Psalm 50 in Fisher’s translation. The Fourth Penitential Psalm. He treated of the Psalm in two parts, and at some length.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Today’s Responsorial (Ps 51).

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Today’s Responsorial (Ps 51).

St Albert the Great’s Commentary on Today’s Responsorial (Ps 51).

Word-Sunday Notes on Today’s Responsorial (Ps 51).

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Romans 5:12-19 (or 5:12, 17-19).

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Romans 5:12-19. Actually, this post includes comments on verses 20-21.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Romans 5:12-19.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lectures on Romans 5:12-19. PDF docuent. The lecture begins on page 208. Simply type the page number into the box next to the blue arrows and hit the enter key on your keyboard, this will take you to the exact page. Read lectures 3-5.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Romans 5:12-19.

Word-Sunday Notes on Romans 5:12-19.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Romans 5:12-19.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Matthew 4:1-11.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matt 4:1-11.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matt 4:1-11.

Juan de Maldonado’s Commentary on Matt 4:1-11.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matt 4:1-11.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matt 4:1-11.

Word-Sunday Notes on Matt 4:1-11.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 4:1-11.

GENERAL RESOURCES:

Today’s Lenten Meditation by St Thomas Aquinas. Based upon Matt 4:1-11.

The Sacred Page Blog: Overcoming Temptations. Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma’s commentary and reflections on the readings.

Catholic Matters. Readings with brief explanations.

Gospel Meditation.

Lector Notes. Gives brief historical and theological background. Can be printed out and used as bulletin insert.

Thoughts From the Early Church. Excerpt from St Gregory Nazianzen.

Scripture in Depth.

Today’s Good News. Gospel text followed by brief commentary.

PODCASTS:

Dr. Scott Hahn Podcast. Brief, does a good job of highlighting major theme(s).

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

Franciscan Sisters Bible Study Podcast. They usually post the episodes on Thursday.

Father Robert Barron’s Homily. Fr. Barron is a well known and respected theologian and preacher.

LENTEN ISSUES:

THE FOLLOWING 5 LINKS ARE TO ONLINE BOOKS. YOU CAN USE THE SITE’S ZOOM FEATURE (Magnifying glass with + sign) TO INCREASE TEXT SIZE FOR EASIER READING.

On The Necessity and Utility of Fasting. Online book

Jesus Fasts and Overcomes Satan. Online book

The Assaults of Satan and the means of rendering them ineffectual. Online book

What Weapons We Must Use to Overcome Satan. Online Book

The Duty and Value of Fasting. Online book

Pope St Gregory the Great’s Homily on the Gospel.

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