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Commentaries and Resources for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Posted by Dim Bulb on July 3, 2014


Today’s Mass Readings (NABRE). Translation used in the USA.

Today’s Mass Readings (NJB). Scroll down slightly. The NJB is used in most other English speaking countries.

SUGGESTED THEMES: For homilies, bible study groups, individual reflection, etc.

First, Psalm and Gospel Readings: Jesus manifested the reign of God as a just and humble Savior who proclaimed peace to the nations and established worldwide dominion (Zech 9:9-10; Mt 10:28-30). Jesus, the revelation of the Father’s love of the lowly (childlike) praised the Father for the mission he had been given to reveal it  (Mt 10:25-26), we are called upon to bless and extol God (Ps 145:1-2, 10-11) because of his mercy and compassion (Ps 145:8-9), manifested especially towards those who are weak and oppressed (Ps 145:14); and because of his everlasting reign, trustworthiness and love (Ps 145:11, 13-14). All of which Christ’s in his person and work revealed (Mt 10:27).

Second Reading: The contrast between life in the flesh and life in the Spirit. Here a good bible dictionary could be of great help. I find Fr. John McKenzie’s DICTIONARY OF THE BIBLE very helpful; also THE CATHOLIC BIBLE DICTIONARY, edited by Dr. Scott Hahn. See articles such as “Flesh;” “Holy” (or “Holiness”); “Spirit” (or “Holy Spirit”).

Doctrinal Homily Outlines.

Lector Notes.

Lector Works.


Navarre Bible Commentary on Zechariah 9:9-10.

Word-Sunday Notes on Zechariah 9:9-10.

Homilist’s Catechism on Zechariah 9:9-10.

Pending (maybe): My Notes on Zechariah 9:9-10.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 145.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 145.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Commentary on Psalm 145.

Psuedo-Albert the Great’s Commentary on Psalm 145.


Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Romans 8:9, 11-13.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Romans 8:9, 11-13.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Romans 8:9, 11-13. On 7-13. Scroll down

Word-Sunday Notes on Romans 8:9, 11-13.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Romans 8:9, 11-13.

Homilist’s Catechism on Romans 8:9, 11-13.


Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 11:25-30.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 11:25-30.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 11:25-30.

Pending: Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 11:25-30.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 11:25-30.

Word-Sunday Notes on Matthew 11:25-30.

Homilist’s Catechism on Matthew 11:25-30.


Liturgical Bible Study Guide. Brief notes on the readings followed by PowerPoint presentation.

Sacred Page Blog: Not a Republic, But a Universal Kingdom. Biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma examines the readings.

Sunday Bible Reflections. Brief audio by biblical scholar Dr. Scott Hahn.

Let the Scripture Speak. Brief reflection by biblical scholar Fr. Dennis Hamm.

Historical Cultural Context. Biblical scholar John J. Pilch looks at the Gospel in the context of the 1st century Mediterranean world.

Thoughts From the Early Church. Excerpt from a homily by St John Chrysostom.

Scripture in Depth. Succinct comments on the readings from biblical scholar Reginald H fuller.

St Charles Borromeo Parish Bible Study Notes. Brief, handy notes on the readings.





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