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Commentaries for the Thursday After Ash Wednesday

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 6, 2016

THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY

SUGGESTED THEMES FOR PREACHING, STUDY OR MEDITATION:

Life is a pilgrimage which can be only religious or irreligious; toward or away from God, into heaven or hell.

One Bread, One Body. Several reflections on one or more of the readings.

READINGS AND OFFICE:

Today’s Mass Readings (Lectionary). Only English Translation approved for use at Mass in USA (some exceptions apply. See RSVCE link below).

Today’s Mass Readings (NJB). Used in most English speaking countries.

Today’s Mass Readings (RSVCE). Used in some African countries. (Can be used by various ordinariates within the Church).

Today’s Divine Office.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Theme: The Old Law as preparation for the Gospel and choosing life in Christ (See CCC 1961-1974; 1980-1986. See also 707-710)

My Notes on Deuteronomy 30:15-20.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Deuteronomy 30:15-20.

Audio: St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Deuteronomy 30:15-20. Begins with verse 11.

Living Space Commentary on Deuteronomy 30:15-20.

Catechism on Deuteronomy 30:15-20~(1996, 1970).

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 1:1-4, 6.

(1) Theme: Psalm 1 and the Cross.

(2) Theme: Psalm 1:3~Christ as the Tree of Life.

Father Patrick Boylan’s Introduction and Commentary on Psalm 1.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 1.

St Hilary’s Homily on Psalm 1. Prefaced by a brief introduction.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 1.

My notes on Psalm 1

St Thomas Aquinas’s Lecture on Psalm 1.

Lectio Divina Reading of Psalm 1

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Luke 9:22-25

(1) Theme: “If we loved God, we should love crosses, we should wish for them, we should take pleasure in them. . . . We should be happy to be able to suffer for the love of Him who lovingly suffered for us.” On Suffering by St John Mary Vianney.

(2) Theme: “if the cross is a cross without Jesus, it is not Christian” (Pope Francis).

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 9:22-25.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on Luke 9:22-25.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 9:22-25.

Audio: St Itrnaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Luke 9:22-25. Looks at chapters 8-9.

Video: Fr. Christopher Philip’s Study of Luke 9:22-25. On verses 1-27.

Living Space Commentary on Luke 9:22-25.

St Theresa of Calcutta on the Gospel.

Catechism on Luke 9:23~1435.

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