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Commentaries for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 15, 2015


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

Readings in the New Jerusalem Bible.  Used in most other English speaking countries. Scroll down slightly to find. For some reason the Epistle reading follows after the Gospel.

Divine Office.

Anglican Use Daily 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.


Navarre Bible Commentary on Deut 4:1-2, 6-8.

Pending: My Notes on Deut 4:1-2, 6-8.

Homilist’s Catechism on Deut 4:1-2, 6-8.

Haydock Bible Commentary on Deut 4:1-2, 6-8.


Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 15.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 15.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 15. On entire psalm.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 15. On entire psalm.

Pending: St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 15. On entire psalm.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27.

Navarre Bible Commentary on James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27.

Father MacEvily’s Commentary on James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27. On 17-27.

My Notes on James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27. On 17-27.

Homilist’s Catechism on James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27.


Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.

Homilist’s Catechism on Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.

Speaking of Scripture Blog. An excerpt from Mary Healy’s Commentary on Mark, part of the new series Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. Healy is one of the co-editors.

GENERAL RESOURCES: On the readings as a whole. Commentaries on individual readings further below.

Word Sunday. The readings in both and literal translation, notes on the text, podcast, children’s reading.

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

Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological background on the readings. Can be printed out, copied, and used as bulletin insert.

The Bible Workshop. Links to several relevant articles, contains a reading guide to the gospel text, a comparison of the readings, suggestions for a lesson (i.e., homily).

The Wednesday Word.  I’m not sure why it’s called “The Wednesday Word” since it deals with the Sunday readings. Designed for prayer and reflection, the pdf document ends with Father Dom Henry Wansbrough’s reflections on the first and second readings. Fr. Wansbrough is General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible and contributed commentaries on Matt, Mark, and the Pastorals in A New Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture.

St Charles Borromeo’s Parish Bible Study Notes.

Father Francis Martin’s Reflections on the Readings. Week 22 not yet posted. A video in 4 parts, each approximately 15 minutes long. The last three deal with the readings, the first is introductory. The link may be time sensitive.

Update: Faithfulness to the Word of God. From Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma of the Sacred Page Blog.


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