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

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 29, 2015


Mass Readings in the NABRE. Used in the USA.

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

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 Commentary on Isaiah 50:5-9a.

Word-Sunday Notes on Isaiah 50:5-9a.

My Notes on Isaiah 50:5-9a.

Homilist’s Catechism on Isaiah 50:5-9a.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 116.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 116.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 116:1-9.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 116.


Navarre Commentary on James 2:14-18.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on James 2:14-18.

Word-Sunday Notes on James 2:14-18.

Homilist’s Catechism on James 2:14-18.


Navarre Commentary on Mark 8:27-35.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 8:27-35.

Word-Sunday Notes on Mark 8:27-35.

Homilist’s Catechism on Mark 8:27-35.

GENERAL RESOURCES: Individual sites that focus on one or more of the readings.

Sacred Page Blog: The Paradox of Discipleship. Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma give his reflection on this Sunday’s readings.

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.  It’s about the Sunday readings, but the document is posted on Wednesday, hence the name. 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 Parish’s Bible Study Notes. Notes on all the readings, usually with some background info as well.


EWTN Podcast on Mark. Listen to episode 8 which shows the connection between the two-stage healing of the blind man and Peter’s less than clear insight into what it means that Jesus is the Christ.

Father Philips’s Podcast on Mark 8:1-9:8.

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Podcast. Brief overview of the readings. Usually does a good job of highlighting the major theme(s) of the readings.

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast. Listen to the podcast on Chapters 8-9.

St Martha’s Parish Bible Study Podcast. Looks at all the readings in some detail.

Reflections on the Gospel from St Martha’s Parish. Brief reflection focusing on the gospel.

Father Barron’s Podcast Homily#610: Faith Perfected by Love. A noted speaker and theologian.


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