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Commentaries for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 12, 2014

READINGS AND OFFICE:

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

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

THEMES, PREACHING IDEAS, SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY: Some further suggestions and resources on the individual readings are given further below, after the commentaries.

Lector Notes.

Doctrinal Homily Outline.

Lector Works.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Sirach 15:15-20.

My Notes on Sirach 15:15-20.

Word-Sunday Notes on Sirach 15:15-20.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Sirach 15:15-20.

SUGGESTIONS FOR HOMILIES ON, OR FURTHER STUDY OF, THE FIRST READING: Man’s free will; God not the author of evil; God’s omniscience

Online Resources:

On First Reading: Splendor of the Truth 102-105. Pope St John Paul II. On Grace and Obedience, Free Will, Etc.

Catechism of the Council of Trent on Free Will.

Catechism of Pope St Pius X on Free Will.

Further Suggestions:

Introduce the Book of Sirach to the Congregation. It’s always a good idea to spark interest in the reading of the bible; especially of the books of the OT which often get overlooked. You could preach to them on the value of the book, or on specific themes to introduce them to it.  A good bible dictionary or introduction to Sirach would be helpful here. I recommend the following (6 & 7 are brief online aids):

1. Catholic Bible Dictionary. Edited by Dr. Scott Hahn. Amazon.
2. McKenzie’s Dictionary of the Bible. Fr. John McKenzie. Amazon.
3.The Men and Message of the Old Testament. Peter F. Ellis. Rather outdated but still useful. Amazon.
4. New Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. Amazon
5. Jerome Biblical Commentary. Amazon
6. Brief Online Introduction to Sirach.
7. Online Overview of Sirach. Brief summary of individual chapters and sections.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 119.

Pope Benedict’s XVI’s Commentary on Psalm 119.

(1) Psallam Domino’s Notes on Psalm 119 (118) 1-8.

(2) Psallam Domino’s Notes on Psalm 119 (118) 17-24.

(3) Psallam Domino’s Notes on Psalm 119 (118) 33-40.

Pending: My Notes on Psalm 119. On verses of the day.

SUGGESTIONS FOR HOMILIES OR FURTHER STUDY ON RESPONSORIAL THEMES: On obedience to God’s word. On the reading and study of Scripture.

Homily: The Reading of the Bible. Fr. Johannes Zollner. Online book. Homily beings near bottom of the page. Treats of 1. Are We Allowed To Read the Bible? 2. Ought We to Read It? 3. How Should We Read It?

1). Vatican II and the Reading of Scripture: Faith as s Dialogue of Love.
2). Vatican II and the Reading of Scripture: Revelation of God in Scripture.
3). Vatican II and the Reading of Scripture: Tradition and Magisterium.
4). Vatican II and the Reading of Scripture: THE Goal of Catholic Bible Study.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 2:6-10.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:6-10.

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:6-10. On 6-16.

Father Callan’s Notes on 1 Corinthians 2:6-10.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:6-10.

Update: St Augustine’s Sermon on 1 Cor 2:9. On Jn 5:35 and 1 Cor 2:9.

Update: St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on 1 Cor 2:6-10. On 6-16.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 Corinthians 2:6-10.

Word-Sunday Notes on 1 Corinthians 2:6-10.

SUGGESTIONS FOR HOMILIES OR FURTHER STUDY OF THE SECOND READING: The Revelation of God’s Wisdom.

On the Use and Abuse of Holy Scripture. Consists of biblical references under various headings.

Scripture and the theme of Wisdom. Biblical references under various headings.

Reason and the Mystery of Revelation: Fides et Ratio #13-15.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Matthew 5:17-37.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 5:17-37.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 5:17-37.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 5:17-37.

Update: St Augustine’s Sermon on Matthew 5:22.

Update: (1) St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on Matthew 5:17.

Update: (2) St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on Matthew 5:27-37.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 5:17-37.

Word-Sunday Notes on Matthew 5:17-37.

SUGGESTIONS FOR HOMILIES AND FURTHER STUDY OF THE GOSPEL READING:

The  Catechism on Jesus and the Law (577-582).

The Catechism on the New Law of the Gospel (1965-1974).

Vatican II on the Old Testament.

Jesus Reveals the Father: Fides et Ratio # 7-12.

GENERAL RESOURCES: On one or more of today’s readings.

The Sacred Page Blog: The Surpassing Righteousness of the New Law. Commentary and reflections on today’s readings. b Catholic biblical scholar Dr. Michael Barber.

St Charles Borromeo’s Parish Bible Study Notes.

Lector Notes.

Thoughts From the Early Church. Brief excerpt on a homily on the Treachery of Judas by St John Chrysostom.

Scripture in Depth.

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