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Commentaries for the Second Week of Advent

Posted by Dim Bulb on November 15, 2014

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
NOTE: We are in Year C.

Year A Commentaries. Justice and peace are to be the marks of the Messiah and His reign (1st reading, Ps). We must reform our lives (Gospel) and live in harmony with others (2nd reading). Note the theme of judgment in 1st, Ps, and Gospel readings.

Year B Commentaries.

Year C Commentaries. Repent (Gosp.) and be sorrowful no more (1st reading). Sing and shout for joy because of the Lord’s saving acts (Psalm). Make straight and smooth the coming of the Lord (1st reading, Gosp.) by righteous living (2nd reading). “I believe that the mystery of John is still being achieved in the world today. If anyone is going to believe in Christ Jesus, John’s spirit and power first come to his soul and “prepare a perfect people for the Lord.” It makes the ways in the heart’s rough places smooth and straightens out its paths”~Origin, Homilies on the Gospel of Luke quoted in Just, Arthur A., ed. Luke. Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005.

Extraordinary Form~Commentaries on the Readings.

The Religion of the Antichrist: Cardinal Newman’s Second Advent Discourse.

MONDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

Suggested Themes: 1: It was promised that God would come to save his people (1st reading, Ps.), and this has become a reality with the coming of the Lord Jesus (Gosp). 2: Creation, and especially man, has been ill-effected by sin (CCC 400). But God promised a future, second Adam, the Christ (CCC 402, 410-411), who would redeem and save man (Gosp.), establish justice (Ps.) and restore the integrity of creation (1st reading, CCC 504, 349, 1046).

Father Maas’ Commentary on Isaiah 35:1-10.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 35:1-10.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 85.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 85.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 85.

Pope John Paul II on Psalm 85.

My Notes on Psalm 85.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 5:17-26.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 5:17-26.

My Notes on Luke 5:17-26.

Bishop Knecht’s Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture.

TUESDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

Suggested Themes: 1: You could tie these readings (especially the 1st) in with last Sunday’s readings (compare Bar 5:7Lk 3:4-6, Isa 40:3-5). 2: The OT promises concerning God shepherding his people and how Christ fulfills them (LG 6; Jn 10:1-10; Isa 40:11; Ezek 34:11-31; Jn 10:11; 1 Pet 5:4; Jn 10:11-16.).

Father Maas’ Commentary on Isaiah 40:1-11.

My Notes on Isaiah 40:1-11.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 40:1-11.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 96.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 96.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 96.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 96.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 18:12-14.

Cornelius a Lapdie’s Commentary on Matthew 18:12-14.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 18:12-14.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 18:12-14.

WEDNESDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

Suggested Themes: 1. Unrepentant men are burdened with sins (Isa 1:4) and are sometimes said to become a burden to God (Isa 1:14, 7:13, 43:24), but God is strong beyond compare, and can aid and strengthen the repentant who trust in him to act (1st reading, esp, Isa 40:28-31). Offering a yoke and burden lighter than their sins (Gosp., and see Isa 5:18). 2. Spiritual and temporal relief  (1st reading) and rest (Gosp.) are human desires (Ps 55:4-8; Isa 7:4; Lam 3:25-26), and God desires such for us (2 Tim 2:1-4) through Christ our Lord (2 Tim 2:5). Especially relief from sin (Ps.)

My Notes on Isaiah 40:25-31.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 40:25-31.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 103.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 103.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 103.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 103.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 11:28-30.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 11:28-30.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 11:28-30.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 11:28-30.

THURSDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Today’s Readings.

Suggested Themes: That the Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger and rich in kindness (Ps.) was manifested in his redemption of his sinful people from the exile in Babylon (1st reading), and in the ministry of the Baptist (Gosp.) who fulfilled the Elijah prophecy of Malachi, calling people to repent and avoid judgement (Mal 3:19-24 in the NABRE; 4:1-6 in the RSVCE). [See the gospel readings for Fri. and Sat.]

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 41:13-20.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 145.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Commentary on Psalm 145.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 145.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 145.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 11:11-15.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 11:11-15.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 11:11-15.

FRIDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 48:17-19.

Father Boylan’s Introduction and Notes on Psalm 1.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 1.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 1.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 1.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 1.

My Notes on Psalm 1.

Father E.S. Berry’s Notes on Psalm 1.

A Lectio Divina Reflection on Psalm 1.

A Brief Meditation on Psalm 1.

Father Ronald Knox’s Meditation on Psalm 1.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 11:16-19.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 11:16-19.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 11:16-19.

SATURDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 80.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 80.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary o Psalm 80.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 80.

My Notes on Psalm 80.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 17:9-13.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 17:9-13.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 17:9-13.

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
NOTE: We are in Year C.

Year A Commentaries. The time of the Messiah was to be marked by integral healing and salvation (1st reading). In His person and mission, heralded by the Baptist, our Lord manifested and communicated such healing and salvation (gospel). We are called upon to wait patiently for the fullness of the Messianic age (2nd reading), as we glorify the works of God and look forward to the final coming of the Lord (Ps).

Year B Commentaries.

Year C Commentaries. Cry out with joy and gladness (Ps). rejoice always (2nd reading), for the Lord is in your midst to take away judgement, as a mighty savior who rejoices over you (1st reading) and all who repent (Gospel). More themes can be found in the post.

The City of the Antichrist: Cardinal Newman’s Third Advent Discourse.

Next Week’s Commentaries.

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