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Commentaries for the Second 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.

SUGGESTIONS FOR STUDY, PREACHING AND TEACHING: Individual readings may also have some study and preaching suggestions. You may also find the catechism links and the Homilist’s Catechism suggestive.

Themes: Repent (Gosp.) and be sorrowful no more (1st reading). Sing and shout for joy because of the Lord’s saving acts (Psalm). Make straight and smooth the coming of the Lord (1st reading, Gosp.) by righteous living (2nd reading). “I believe that the mystery of John is still being achieved in the world today. If anyone is going to believe in Christ Jesus, John’s spirit and power first come to his soul and “prepare a perfect people for the Lord.” It makes the ways in the heart’s rough places smooth and straightens out its paths”~Origin, Homilies on the Gospel of Luke quoted in Just, Arthur A., ed. Luke. Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005.

Doctrinal Homily Outline.  Gives the theme of the readings, the doctrinal message, and pastoral application.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Baruch 5:1-9. [1] The image of putting on new clothes relates well to baptismal imagery and repentance (cf. Gal 3:27 and my notes on Baruch). It’s symbolic of the transformation that takes place through repentance and the bestowal of grace. Note that images of transformation are found in this 1st reading, the Psalm, and Gospel reading, and presupposed in the 2nd reading. [2] The image found here and in the Gospel reading of mountains being lowered and valleys filled also relates well to the theme of repentance and baptism.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Baruch 5:1-9.

My Notes on Baruch 5:1-9.

Word-Sunday Notes on Baruch 5:1-9.


Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 126.

A Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 126.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 126.

St Albert the Great’s Commentary on Psalm 126.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 126.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Commentary on Psalm 126.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 126.


Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11. On 1-11.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11. On 3-11.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11. On 1-11.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11. On 3-6, 8-11.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lectures on Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11. Read lectures 1 & 2.

St John Chrysostom’s Commentary on Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11. On 1-11.

Word-Sunday Notes on Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11.

Homilist’s Catechism on Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11.


My Notes on Luke 3:1-6.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Luke 3:1-6.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Luke 3:1-6.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 3:1-6.

Word-Sunday Notes on Luke 3:1-6.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 3:1-6.

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

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

Scripture Speaks. I’ve linked to the archive. This Sunday’s post not yet available.

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: “Make Straight the Paths.”  Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma reflects on the readings.


St Martha’s Bible Study Podcast. This episode has a substitute speaker and the sound quality is rather poor.

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast.

Father Mike’s Introduction to Baruch. On Lamentation, Baruch, Ezekiel.

Father Mike’s Introduction to Philippians. Philippians-Thessalonians.

Father Mike’s Introduction to Luke.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Luke 3-4. Click on POD icon or direct download to listen. A brief written summary of the talk is provided as well.

(1) Father Barron’s Podcast Homily: Be Ready. From a noted author, theologian, speaker.

(2) Father Barron’s Podcast Homily: Return Home.

(3) Father Robert Barron’s Podcast Homily: The Steadfast Love of God.

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

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