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Commentaries for the First Sunday of Lent, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 6, 2016



Today’s Mass Readings in the NABRE. Used in the 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.


Navarre Bible Commentary on Deuteronomy 26:4-10.

My Brief Notes on Deuteronomy 26:4-10.

Word-Sunday Notes on Deuteronomy 26:4-10.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 91. Whole psalm.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 91. Whole psalm.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 91.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 91.

Pending (maybe). My Notes on Psalm 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15.


Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Romans 10:8-13. On 5-13.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Romans 10:8-13. On 5-13.

Word-Sunday Notes on Romans 10:8-13.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Romans 10:8-13.

Homilist’s Catechism on 10:8-13.


St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Luke 4:1-13.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 4:1-13.

My Notes on Luke 4:1-13.

Word-Sunday Notes on Luke 4:1-13.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 4:1-13.

Homilist’s Catechism on Luke 4:1-13.

GENERAL RESOURCES: sites that usually deal with the readings as a whole (with some occasional specialty studies).

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

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: Lent as Spiritual Warfare. reflection on the readings by Catholic biblical scholar Dr John Bergsma.

Glancing Thoughts. Reflections on the Gospel from philosopher Eleanore Stump.

Thoughts From The Early Church. Excerpt from St Chrysostom.

Scripture In Depth. Succinct summary of the readings and their relation to one another.


Catholic Mom. Scroll down to this Sunday. Resources appear oriented towards 7-14 years of age.

Word Sunday’s Children’s Reading. Two very short stories seeking to draw a lesson from the first and Gospel readings.

We Believe. Activities geared towards Kindergarten through 8th grade. Also has resources for catechists, clergy, etc.

1. Sermons 4 Kids: What Did Jesus Do?

2. Sermons 4 Kids: Resisting Temptation.

3.Sermons 4 Kids:  “I’ll Be Back”!

The Catholic Toolbox. Activities, crafts, games, etc., for class or home.


Update: Video: Mass Readings Explained. By Dr Brant Pitre.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Romans 10. Click the POD icon or the direct download link.

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

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast. Looks at all the readings.

St Martha’s Parish Bible Study Podcast. Looks at the readings in some detail.

Father Robert Barron’s Homily Podcast. From a noted speaker and theologian.

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