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Commentaries for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Posted by Dim Bulb on June 21, 2015


SUGGESTED THEMES FOR PREACHING, MEDITATION OR FURTHER STUDY: Some other suggested themes may be found futher below in relation to the individual readings.

Sin, sickness and death are the result of the Devil’s envy and do not have God as their author (1st reading). Rather, he saves his faithful ones from death and the other ill effects of sin (Psalm). Jesus, the Son of God was born into humble circumstances (2nd reading) to abolish death and bring life (Gospel Acclamation), as witnessed to in his ministry (Gospel reading).

Doctrinal Homily OutlinesDoctrinal Homily Outlines. Highlights theme of the readings, doctrinal message, suggested pastoral application.


Readings from the NABRE. Used in the USA.

Readings From the NJB. Used in most English speaking countries.

Divine Office.


Suggested Themes: {1} Original Sin, Its Consequences and God’s Response: See CCC 385-421. {2} On jealousy: Catholic Encyclopedia.  {3} Envy as a sin against the tenth commandment (CCC 2538). For a connection between this reading and the second reading, see below.

My Notes on Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24.

Word-Sunday Notes on Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24.

Homilist’s Catechism on Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13. Unless noted otherwise commentaries on the entire psalm.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 30.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 30.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 30. Latin & English.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 30.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 30.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 30.

My Notes on Psalm 30.

Psalm 30 and the Catholic Encyclopedia. Greek, English and Latin text hyperlinked with the C E.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15.

Suggested Theme: According to the first readings it was through the Devil’s envy that death entered the world. Envy may be described as a feeling which leads someone to destroy what another has, or, to keep another from possessing or sharing in something. Jesus came into the world to do the exact opposite of the Devil. Though he was rich, Jesus became poor that we might be made rich. Through charity and generosity we are called to do the same.

Bernardin de Piconio’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lectures on 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15. Read the first two lectures on chapter 8.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15.

R.D. Byles’ Commentary on 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15.

Word-Sunday Notes on 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15.

Homilist’s Catechism on 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15.


Suggested Themes: {1} Jesus hears our prayers (CCC 2616); {2} Christ the Physician (CCC 1504).

Context and Notes on Mark 5:21-43.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 5:21-43.

Pope John Paul II on the Raising of Jairus’ Daughter.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 5:21-43.

Word-Sunday Notes on Mark 5:21-43.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 5:21-43.

Homilist’s Catechism on Mark 5:21-43.

GENERAL RESOURCES: Blog posts, podcasts, etc., on the readings as a whole.

God, Death, and Life. Catholic biblical scholar, Dr. John Bergsma, looks at the readings.

Word Sunday. Notes on the readings, podcast, children’s reading, etc.

Lector Notes. Historical and theological background on the readings. Print out and use as a bulletin insert.

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