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Commentaries and Resources for the First Sunday of Lent, Year B

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 14, 2015


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

Readings from the New Jerusalem Bible. Used in most 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 ecc

THEMES: As is often the case, the Responsorial Psalm and it’s antiphon help establish a major theme or themes: God’s truth, goodness, mercy, love and desire to save are manifested in, and communicated through, His covenant (Psalm). In light of the other readings, I would suggest that the statement that God, “shows sinners the way” (Ps 9:8), provides and excellent homiletic key. In the story of Noah (1st reading), and in the life and ministry of Christ (Gospel reading), we have been shown the way to live and avoid falling into temptation and sin (2nd reading)


Pending: My Notes on Genesis 9:8-15.

Haydock Bible Commentary on Genesis 9:8-15. Very basic notes

Word-Sunday Notes on Genesis 9:8-15.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Genesis 9:8-15.


Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 25.

Father E.S. Berry’s Introduction and Notes on Psalm 25.

My Notes on Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9. The post is on verses 1-9 in total.

St Augustine’s Notes on 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9. This post is also on verses 1-9 in total.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 25.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 25.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 25.

A Lectio Divina Commentary on Psalm 25.


Father MacEvily’s Commentary on 1 Peter 3:18-22.

Haydock Bible Commentary on 1 Peter 3:18-22.

Word-Sunday Notes on 1 Peter 3:18-22.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 Peter 3:18-22.


Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 1:12-15.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Mark 1:12-15.

Haydock Bible Commentary on Mark 1:12-15.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 1:12-15.

My Notes on Mark 1:12-15.

Word-Sunday Notes on Mark 1:12-15.

OTHER RESOURCES: Blog posts, podcasts, etc., on one or more of the readings.

Update: Sacred Page Blog: The Flood, Christ in the Wilderness, and the New Creation. Commentary and reflection from Catholic biblical scholar Dr. Michael Barber.

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast. Since the recording isn’t available at the time I post this, I have linked to the archive page. Examines all the readings.

St Martha’s Podcast Study. Examines all of the readings.

(1) Father Barron’s Homily Podcast: Jesus Among the Angels and Beasts. From a well known and respected speaker and theologian.

(2) Father Barron: The Ark, the Mass, and the Re-Ordering of the World.

(3) Father Barron: Get on the Ark.

(4) Father Barron: Angels and Wild Beasts.

Dr. Scott Hahn Podcast. I’ve linked to the archive page. The recording for a pending Sunday are posted several days in advance. You can sign up to receive the podcast via email. Brief audio does a good job of highlighting the major theme(s) of the readings.

One Bread, One Body:

Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological overview of the readings. Can be copied and used as a bulletin insert.

Lection Notes. Different from the previous site. Brief summary of the readings. Appears to be a guide for small group study.

Lector Works. Brief notes and reflections on the readings.

Doctrinal Homily Outlines. “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.”

Thoughts From the Early Church. Excerpt concerning the Gospel from John Justus Landsberg, Carthusian preacher and spiritual writer of the late Middle Ages. He edited the works of St Gertrude and was one of the earliest promoters of devotion to the Heart of Jesus.

Scripture in Depth. Succinct summary of the readings.

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