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Commentaries for the Feast of the Holy Family, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on December 26, 2015

FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH

READINGS AND OFFICE:

Today’s Mass Readings. PLEASE NOTE  that the 1st and 2nd readings, and the responsorial allow for different texts. Not all sites listed here provide resources for all the possible choices.

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.

REMEMBER THAT (except for the Gospel) THERE ARE SEVERAL DIFFERENT READINGS TO CHOOSE FROM.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING:

1st Reading, Choice 1: Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14.

1st Reading, Choice 2: 1 Sam 1:20-22, 24-28.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 Sam 1:20-22, 24-28.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL:

Responsorial, Choice 1: Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 128. Entire psalm.

St Albert the Great’s Commentary on Psalm 184. Entire psalm.

Responsorial, Choice 2: Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 84. Entire psalm.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 84. Entire psalm.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING:

2nd Reading, Choice 1: Colossians 3:12-21.

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Colossians 3:12-21.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Colossians 3:12-21.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Colossians 3:12-21.

Pending: Father Callan’s Commentary on Colossians 3:12-21.

2nd Reading, Choice 2: Colossians 3:12-17.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Colossians 3:12-17.

St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on Colossians 3:12-17.

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Colossians 3:12-17. On 12-21.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Colossians 3:12-17. On 12-21.

2nd Reading, Choice 3: 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24.

St Augustine on 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL: Luke 2:41-52

St Augustine on Luke 2:41-52.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 2:41-52. on 42-52.

Word-Sunday Notes on Luke 2:41-52.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 2:41-52.

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. be sure to choose the “C” links since we are in Lectionary Cycle C.

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.

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: The Joy and Challenge of Family Life.  Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma reflects on the readings.

Scripture In Depth.

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