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Commentaries for the First Sunday of Advent, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on October 17, 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.


Navarre Bible Commentary on Jeremiah 33:14-16.

Word-Sunday Notes on Jeremiah 33:14-16.

Pending. My Brief Notes on Jeremiah.

Catechism Links: 156214; 215; 397; 1063; 2465-2470.The Catechism makes no direct reference to Jer 33:14-16, however, since the text speaks of God fulfilling his covenant promises to David, I think the following passages on God’s truthfulness and fidelity to his covenant and promises (and what that means for us) might be helpful.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 25. Very brief.

Father Berry’s Introduction and Notes to Psalm 25.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 25.

Lectio Divina Notes on Psalm 25.

My Notes on Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14. Actually on 1-14.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 25.


Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2.

My Notes on 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2.

Father Callan’s Notes on 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2. Includes verse 11.

Bishop MacEvily’s Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2.

St John Chrysostom’s Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2.

Word-Sunday Notes on 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2.

Catechism Links: The catechism doesn’t employ 1 Th 3:12-4:2 but the following links might be useful:

#826. Love (charity) Essential for Holiness. “Abound in love…to be blameless in holiness.” (1 Th 3:12-13).

#815. Love/Charity as Bond of Faith & Apostolic Succession. “As you have received from us” (1 Th 4:1).

#s 897-913. The Lay Faithful’s Mission. “How you should conduct yourselves to please God” (1 Th 4:1).


Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 21:25-28, 34-36.

My Notes on Luke 21:25-28, 34-36.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 21:25-28, 34-36.

Word-Sunday Notes on Luke 21:25-28, 34-36.

Homilist’s Catechism on Luke 21:25-28, 34-36.

GENERAL RESOURCES: sites that usually dea with the readings as a whole. Commentaries on individual readings are listed further below.

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

Scripture Speaks.

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: Happy New Year: the First Sunday of Advent!. Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma reflects on the readings.

Christian Leadership Center: Preaching the Lectionary for 1st Advent. An ecumenical site.


Father Mike’s Introduction to Jeremiah.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Jeremiah 30-33.

Father Mike’s Introduction to 1 Thessalonians. On Philippians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2. starts as the beginning of chapter 3.

Father Mike’s Introduction to Luke.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast on Luke 21-22. Click on POD icon or the direct download link.

St Martha’s Podcast on the 1st Sunday of Advent Readings. Looks at all the readings.

(1) Father Robert Barron’s Podcast Homily: Look to the Son of Man. Noted speaker and theologian.

(2) Father Robert Barron’s Podcast Homily: The End of the World as We Know It.

(3) Father Robert Barron’s Homily Podcast: The Second Coming.


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