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Updated: Resources and Commentaries for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A

Posted by Dim Bulb on October 6, 2013

I’ve added a number of “Other Resources” to the commentaries. These include references to the Catechism, Church Fathers and other resources. I’ve also added some suggested themes for further study, preaching aids, etc.

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR A

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Ezekiel 37:12-14. Theme: 1. Divine Power Over Death. 2. The Resurrection Foreshadowed in the Old Testament. 3. Giving of the Spirit Foreshadowed in the Old Testament. 

Word-Sunday Notes on Ezekiel 37:12-14.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Ezekiel 37:12-14.

Pending: My Notes on Ezekiel 37:12-14.

OTHER RESOURCES ON THE FIRST READING:

Catechism 715. Expectation of the Messiah and his spirit.

Rufinus’ Commentary on the Apostle’s Creed: The Foreshadowing of the Resurrection in Ezekiel’s Vision.

Tetullian on Ezekiel’s Vision.

St Irenaeus on Ezekiel’s Vision as Foreshadowing the Doctrine of the Resurrection.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 130. Theme: Hope, mercy, and redemption, forgiveness of sins.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 130.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Commentary on Psalm 130.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 130.

Word Sunday Notes on Psalm 130.

OTHER RESOURCES ON THE RESPONSORIAL:

Constitutions of the Holy Apostles: Prayer for Penitents with the Imposition of Hands.

Pope St Leo the Great on the Mercy of God and Repentance.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Romans 8:8-11. Theme: Contrast between life in the Spirit and Life in the flesh.

Father Boylan’s Commentary  on Romans 8:8-11.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Romans 8:8-11.

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Romans 8:8-11. On 5-11.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Romans 8:8-11. On 8-17.

Word-Sunday Notes on Romans 8:8-11.

Pending: Father Rickaby’s Commentary on Romans 8:8-11.

Pending: Father Boylan’s Commentary on Romans 8:8-11.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Romans 8:8-11.

OTHER RESOURCES ON THE SECOND READING:

Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Resurrection as Work of the Spirit, Father, and Son. 648; 989;

Decree of Pope Damasus.

More pending.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: John 11:1-45 (or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45). Themes: 1. Christ as the Resurrection and the Life. 2. Christ’s power to Give Life. 3. The Necessity of Faith.

Father MacIntyre’s Commentary on John 11:1-45.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on John 11:1-45.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on John 11:1-45.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on John 11:1-45.

Word-Sunday Notes on John 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45. Short reading.

Navarre Bible Commentary on John 11:1-45.

OTHER RESOURCES ON THE GOSPEL READING:

# 994 Catechism of the Catholic Church: Faith in the Resurrection Linked with the Person of Christ.

# 1005-1014 Catechism of the Catholic Church: Dying in Christ.

# 1001-1004 Catechism of the Catholic Church: Christ’s Resurrection and Ours.

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