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(Updated) Commentaries for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Posted by Dim Bulb on January 22, 2015

UPDATE: Two sections–1, “Homiletic Helps,” 2, “Podcasts,”–have been added.

READINGS AND OFFICE:

Today’s Mass Readings in the NABRE. The version used in the USA.

Today’s Mass Reading in the NJB. Most other 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 ecclesiastically approved variant on the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.” More info.

COMMENTARIES OF THE FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 18:15-20.

Haydock Commentary on Deuteronomy 18:15-20. Actually, these notes are on the entire chapter.

Word-Sunday Notes on Deuteronomy 18:15-20.

Pope Benedict XVI on Deuteronomy 18:15-20. The introduction to JESUS OF NAZARETH, Vol. 1.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Deuteronomy 18:15-20.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 95.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 95.

A Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 95.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 95.

Father Tauton’s Commentary on Psalm 95.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 95.

Haydock Commentary on Psalm 95. Entire Psalm .

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 7:32-35.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 7:32-35. This post is actually on verses 25-40.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 7:32-35.

Word-Sunday Notes on 1 Corinthians 7:32-35.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 Corinthians 7:32-35.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of 1 Corinthians 6-7. Audio. SIM’s podcast archive can be found here.

Haydock Commentary on 1 Corinthians 7:32-35. On all of chapter 7.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Mark 1:21-28.

My Notes on Mark 1:21-28.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 1:21-28.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 1:21-28.

Word-Sunday Notes on Mark 1:21-28.

Haydock Commentary on Mark 1:21-28. All of chapter 1.

Hearing the Voice of the Ultimate Prophet. Catholic biblical Scholar Dr. John Bergsma’s blog post on the readings.

HOMILETIC HELPS:

Doctrinal Homily Outline. “Written as an aid for homilists and a resource for the faithful, this doctrinal homily outline (1) provides insights into the Lectionary readings, (2) explicates a doctrine of Catholic Faith or morals from them, and (3) shows specific ways lay persons can live these truths.

Lector Notes. “For each day’s first and second readings (and occasionally for the gospel), the Notes give the historical and theological background, plus suggestions on oral interpretation.”

Lector Works.  “A series of thoughts about the lectionary readings of the day, as an oral proclamation within the church’s public prayer, and how the writer would want to have them declared and received effectively.  Three elements are always identified: the climax of the reading; the contact point of the reading with our assembly; one special challenge the reading poses for the seasoned lector. At the end of each week’s readings, a brief reflection on the transition from the Table of the Word to the Table of the Eucharist.”

Thoughts From the Early Church.

Let the Scripture Speak. From scripture scholar Fr. Dennis Hamm.

Historical Cultural Context. Scripture scholar John J. Pilch looks at the gospel reading in light of 1st century Mediterranean culture.

Scripture in Depth. Succinct Comments on all the readings.

(1) One Bread, One Body: Prophet-Able. Reflection on the 1st reading.

(2) One Bread, One Body: Cradle Catholics. Reflection on the 2nd reading.

The Wednesday Word. Pdf document. Reflections and prayer suggestions on the Sunday readings by scripture scholar Fr. Dom Henry Wansbrough.

PODCASTS:

(1) Bishop Barron’s Homily: A Prophet Like Moses.

(2) Bishop Barron’s Homily: He Speaks With Authority.

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Sunday Bible Reflection. Brief. Does a good job of relating the readings to one another. Text available.

Franciscan Sisters Bible Study Podcast. Examines all the reading.

(1) St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast on Deuteronomy 18:15-20. Extends into chapter 19.

(2) St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast on 1 Corinthians 7:32-35. On chapters 6 & 7.

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