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

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 6, 2015


Mass Readings in the NABRE. Used in the USA.

Mass Readings in the NJB Translation. 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 Bible Commentary on Numbers 11:25-29.

Word-Sunday Notes on Numbers 11:25-29.

Pending (Maybe): My Notes on Numbers 11:25-29.

On the Way to the Promised Land. Scroll down slightly for the links. I suggest reading the entire essay but for the purpose of today’s first reading begin by clicking on the link “Testing in the Wilderness” and read through to the end. This will help situate the Number’s reading in its broader (and important) context.

Homilist’s Catechism on Numbers 11:25-29.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 19.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 19. On entire psalm.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 19. On entire psalm.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 19. On entire psalm.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 19.


Navarre Bible Commentary on James 5:1-6.

Father MacEvily’s Commentary on James 5:1-6.

Word-Sunday Notes on James 5:1-6.

Homilist’s Catechism on James 5:1-6.

COMMENTARIES & NOTES ON THE GOSPEL: Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48. On 38-50.

Lapide’s Commentary on Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48. On 38-48.

Word-Sunday Notes on Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48.

Homilist’s Catechism on Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48.

GENERAL RESOURCES: sites that usually deal with the readings as a whole.

Sacred Page Blog: Sin is No Match for the Spirit of God. Reflections on the readings by Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma.

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

Scripture Speaks. Looks at the readings beginning with the Gospel.


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

Reflections on the Readings from St Martha’s Parish. Usually just a few minutes long.

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Podcast. A 3 minute overview. Does good job of highlighting the major theme(s) of the readings.

(1) Fr. Mike’s Bible Study Podcast on Numbers. Introduction to Lev., Num., Deut.

(2) Fr. Mike’s Bible Study Podcast on James. Introduction to Hebrews and James.

(3) Fr. Mikes Bible Study Podcast on Mark. Introduction.

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study On Mark. Begins at 9:33 and goes thru chap. 10.

Father Barron’s Podcast Homily. I’ve linked to his archive. As of Tuesday this week’s homily not yet available.


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