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Commentaries for Divine Mercy Sunday, Year B

Posted by Dim Bulb on April 9, 2015

Readings and Office:

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.


Bishop MacEvilly’s Commentary on Acts 4:32-35.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Acts 4:32-35.

Papal Magisterium on Acts 4:32-35.

Word Sunday’s Notes on Acts 4:32-35.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Acts 4:32-35. Runs to verse 37, posted for another occasion.

Haydock Commentary on Acts 4:32-35. Notes on whole chapter.

Homilist’s Catechism on Acts 4:32-35. Popup window of catechism excerpts. The window must be closed before you can access other catechism links.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 118.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 118. Entire psalm.

St Albert the Great’s Commentary on Psalm 118. On entire Psalm.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 118.

Word Sunday on Psalm 118. Brief notes on entire Psalm.


Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on 1 John 5:1-6. On verses 1-9 actually.

St Augustine’s Homily on 1 John 5:1-3.

Word Sunday on 1 John 5:1-6.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 John 5:1-6.

Haydock Commentary on 1 John 5:1-6. Notes on whole chapter.

Homilist’s Catechism on 1 John 6:1-6.


Father McIntyre’s Commentary on John 20:19-31.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on John 20:19-31.

Part 1: St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on John 20:19-31. On 19-23.

Part 2: St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on John 20:19-31. On 24-31.

Navarre Bible Commentary on John 20:19-31.

St Augustine’s Tractate 121 on the Gospel of John. Rather brief.

Word Sunday on John 20:19-31.

Catena Aurea on John 20:19-31.

Aquinas’ Commentary on the Gospel of John 20:19-31. Read lectures 4-6.

Haydock Commentary on John 20:19-31. Notes on whole chapter.

Homilists Catechism on John 20:19-31.


Lector Notes. Brief, helpful historical and theological background. Can be printed out and used as a bulletin insert.

Get to Know the Readings.

St Charles Borromeo Parish Bible Study Notes.

Sacerdos. Gives theme of the readings, doctrinal message, pastoral application.

How Precious is that Flow? Blog post on the readings by Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma.


Father McBride’s Podcast on Acts 4. Listen to episode 3.

Dr. Tim Gray on John. Listen to episode 12.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast on John. Includes the resurrection appearance to St Mary Magdalene, the commissioning of the disciples, and the appearance to St Thomas. Several seconds to download.

Father Robert Barron’s Homily.

TEXT HOMILIES ON THE GOSPEL: The following links are (mostly) to online books containing sermons and homilies on the Gospel reading. You can click on the site’s zoom feature (magnifying glass icon) to increase text size for easier reading.

Pope St Gregory the Great’s Homily on John 20:19-31.

First Homily on John 20:19-31.

Second Homily on John 20:19-31.

A Homily for Low Sunday (First Sunday After Easter).

A Homiletic Sketch on the Gospel.

A Dogmatical Sketch on the Gospel.

A Symbolical Sketch on the Gospel.

A Moral Sketch on the Gospel.

Another Moral Sketch on the Gospel.

Sunday Reflections. Blog post by Fr. Eugene Lobo.


Aquinas’ Lecture on the Creed’s “I believe in the Resurrection of the body“.

Matthias Scheeben on the Resurrection of the Body.

The Resurrection of the Flesh.

The Resurrection: A Biblical Study. A seminal work of the 20th century by Father F. X. Durrwell.


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