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

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 7, 2015


Mass Readings in the NABRE Translation. 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.


Father Maas’ Introduction to Isaiah 53:10-11. On 52:13-53:12, the Fourth Servant Song.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 53:10-11. Gives a very good overview of the entire 4th Servant Song (Isa 52:13-53:12).

Word-Sunday Notes on Isaiah 53:10-11.

Homilist’s Catechism on Isaiah 53:10-11.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20,22.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 33.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 33.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 33.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 33.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 33.


Father Callan’s Commentary on Hebrews 4:14-16.

Father MacEvily’s Commentary on Hebrews 4:14-16.

Father Boylan’s Commentary on Hebrews 4:14-16.

Pending (maybe): My Notes on Hebrews 4:14-16. If posted it will be latter in the week (Thurs. Fri.).

Navarre Bible Commentary on Hebrews 4:14-16.

Word-Sunday Notes on Hebrews 4:14-16.

Homilist’s Catechism on Hebrews 4:14-16.


Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 10:35-45. On 32-45 actually.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 10:35-45.

Pending (maybe): My Notes on Mark 10:35-45. Will post latter in the week (maybe).

Word-Sunday Notes on Mark 10:35-45.

The Catechism’s Use of Mark 10:35-45. On 32-45 actually.

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

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.

Sacred Page Blog. Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma’s reflections on the readings and psalm.


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

St Martha’s Parish Reflections. Usually between 5 & 10 minutes long.

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Podcast. Brief. Does good job of highlighting major theme(s).

(1) Father Mike’s Bible Study Podcast on Isaiah. An introduction to the book of Isaiah.

(2) Father Mike’s Bible Study Podcast on Hebrews. Introduction to the Books of Hebrews and James.

(3) Father Mike’s Bible Study Podcast on Mark. Introduction.

St Irenaeus Ministries Study of Hebrews 4:14-16.

(1) Franciscan Sister’s Sunday Bible Study. Looks at all the readings.

(2) Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study on Mark. Scroll down and click link for chapter 10.

Father Robert Barron’s Podcast Sermon. I’ve linked to the archive page. Click on sermon number 615 when it become available.


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