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Commentaries for the Friday After Ash Wednesday

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 6, 2016

FRIDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY

SUGGESTED THEMES FOR HOMILIES, STUDY AND MEDITATION:

(1) Fasting is not just abstinence from food; it is abstinence from hardness of heart as well. Outward acts must reflect interior conversion (CCC 1430).

(2) St Leo the Great’s First Lenten Homily. “For it is not enough that the substance of our flesh should be reduced (by fasting), if the strength of the soul be not also developed. When the outer man is somewhat subdued, let the inner man be somewhat refreshed; and when bodily excess is denied to our flesh, let our mind be invigorated by spiritual delights.”

(3) Pope Leo the Great’s Second Lenten Homily. “The fast should not end with abstinence from food, but lead to good deeds.”

(4) The many forms of penance in Christian life (CCC 1434-1439).

(5) One Bread, One Body. Reflections on one or more of the readings.

READINGS AND OFFICE:

Today’s Mass Readings (Lectionary). Used in USA

Today’s Mass Readings (NJB).

Today’s Mass Readings (RSVCE).

Today’s Divine Office.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Isaiah 58:1-9a

My Notes on Isaiah 58:1-9a.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 58:1-9a.

Living Space Commentary on Isaiah 58:1-9a.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6AB, 18-19

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 51.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 51.

St John Fisher’s Sermons Psalm 51. Psalm 50 in Fisher’s translation. The Fourth Penitential Psalm. He treated of the Psalm in two parts, and at some length.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 51.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary/Meditation Psalm 51.

St Albert the Great’s Commentary on Psalm 51.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 51.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Psalm 51,

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Matthew 9:14-15

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 9:14-15.

Father Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 9:14-15.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 9:14-15.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 9:14-15.

Father Maldonado’s Commentary on Matthew 9:14-15.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 9:14-15.

Living Space Commentary on Matthew 9:14-15.

Pope St John Paul II on the Gospel.

Audio: St Irenaeus Podast Study of Matthew 9:14-15. Begins at verse 1,

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