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Commentaries for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year B

Posted by Dim Bulb on October 4, 2015


Mass Readings in the NABRE Translation. Used in the USA.

Mass Readings in the NJB Translation. Used in most English speaking countries. Scroll down. I’ve seen conflicting reports concerning whether or not it is the JB, or the NJB that is currently used in most English speaking nations. If anyone knows of a Bishop’s Conference site that has a set up similar to the US Bishop’s site linked above (but using the JB or NJB), please let me know.

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.


St Jerome’s Notes on Daniel 7:13-14.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Daniel 7:13-14. Includes 9-10.

Word-Sunday Notes on Daniel 7:13-14.

Homilist’s Catechism on Daniel 7:13-14.


Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 93.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 93.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 93.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 93.


Navarre Bible Commentary on Revelation 1:5-8.

Pending (maybe): My Notes on Revelation 1:5-8.

Word-Sunday Notes on Revelation 1:5-8.

Homilist’s Catechism on Revelation 1:5-8.


My Notes on Today’s Gospel (Jn 18:33-37).

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on today’s Gospel (Jn 18:33-37).

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Jn 18:33-37). Includes 38.

St Thomas’ Lecture on Today’s Gospel (Jn 18:33-37). Scroll down to lecture 6.

Word-Sunday Notes on John 18:33-37.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Today’s Gospel (Jn 18:33-37).

Homilist’s Catechism on Today’s Gospel (Jn 18:33-37).

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

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

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.

Pope John Paul II’s Homily for Christ the King. 1997.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Angelus Address on Christ the King. 2005.

Sacred Page Blog: Viva Cristo Rey!. Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma reflects on the readings.


The Church and the Mystery of the Kingdom. Some helpful insights into Daniel and the question of the Kingdom.

Father Mike’s Introduction to the Book of Daniel.

(1) St Martha’s Parish Podcast on Revelation. Scroll down slightly. This series is less in depth than the second one listed below.

(2) St Martha’s Parish Podcast Study of Revelation. Scroll down and click on “class 2.”

EWTN’s Study of John. Listen to episode 11.

St Martha’s Parish Podcast Study of John. Listen to session 10.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast on John 17-18. Click on POD icon or the direct download link.

Franciscan Sisters’ Bible Study Podcast. Looks at all the readings.

St Martha’s Bible Study for Christ the King. Looks at all the readings.

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

(1) Fr. Robert Barron’s Podcast: There’s a New King in Town. From 2009.

(2) Fr. Robert Barron’s Podcast: True Kingship.


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