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Commentaries for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on December 5, 2015

READINGS AND OFFICE:

Today’s Mass Readings in the NABRE. Translation used in USA.

Mass Readings in the NJB Translation. Scroll down. Used in most English speaking countries. For some reason the site has the Gospel reading before the second reading.

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.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Micah 5:1-4a.

My Background Notes on Micah 5:1-4a. Summarizing the historical background and main theological concerns. I may add notes on the reading.

Word-Sunday Notes on Micah 5:1-4a.

Navarre Biblical Commentary on Micah 5:1-4a. Follows the verse numbering of the RSV which is 5:2-5a, so don’t get confused.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 80.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 80.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 80.

My Notes on Psalm 80.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 80.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 80.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Hebrews 10:5-10.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Hebrews 10:5-10. On 4-11.

Father Boylan’s Commentary on Hebrews 10:5-10. On 4-11.

Word-Sunday Notes on Hebrews 10:5-10.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Hebrews 10:5-10.

Homilist’s Catechism on Hebrews 10:5-10.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL: Luke 1:39-45.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Luke 1:39-45.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Luke 1:39-45.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 1:39-45.

Word-Sunday Notes on Luke 1:39-45.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 1:39-45.

Homilist’s Catechism on Luke 1:39-45.

Thoughts From the Early Church. Excerpt from a sermon on the Gospel by Gueric of Igny.

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.

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: Mary Queen Mother of the Crown Prince.  Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma reflects on the readings.

Scripture In Depth.

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