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Commentaries for the Second Sunday of Lent, Year C (Updated 03/16/19)

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 7, 2016


Mass Readings in the NABRE. Used in the USA.

Mass Readings in the NJB. Used in most English speaking countries. Scroll down for readings. May include video.

Mass Readings in the RSVCE. For those who prefer this version. To the best of my knowledge only the NJB and NABRE are permitted for use in the liturgy in the USA.

Divine Office.

SUGGESTED THEMES FOR HOMILIES, STUDY AND MEDITATION: See also the links under the “General Resources” heading below.

Liturgical Bible Study. A power point presentation includes scripture text, helpful background, comments, connections between the readings, homily ideas and reflections.

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

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Podcast. Brief. Does good job of highlighting major theme(s).

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


Navarre Bible Commentary on Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18.

Our Father Abraham. A Bible Study Lesson from the St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. An overview of the significance of Abraham in the Old and New Testaments.

Homilist’s Catechism on Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 27.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 27.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 27.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 27.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Philippians 3:17-4:1. Note that a shorter reading is allowed Phil 30:20-4:1.

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Philippians 3:17-4:1. Includes 4:2-3.

My Notes on Philippians 3:17-4:1. Includes 4:2-3.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Philippians 3:17-4:1.

Homilist’s Catechism on Philippians 3:17-4:1.


St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Luke 9:28-36. Begins with 27.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 9:28b-36.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 9:28-36.

My Notes on Luke 9:28b-36.

Homilist’s Catechism on Luke 9:28b-36.

UPDATE 03/16/19 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: New Exodus. reflection on the readings by Catholic biblical scholar Dr John Bergsma.

Let the Scripture Speak. Catholic biblical scholar Fr. Dennis Hamm.

The Word Engaged. Catholic philosopher, Fr. John Kavanaugh

Historical Cultural Context. Catholic biblical scholar John Pilch looks at the Gospel reading in light of 1st century Mediterranean culture.

Glancing Thoughts. Reflections on the 1st reading 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.

PODCASTS: Scripture studies, homilies, etc.

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Podcast. Brief. Does good job of highlighting major theme(s).

(1) Father Mike’s Bible Study Podcast.  Introduction to the book of Genesis.

(2) Father Mike’s Bible Study Podcast. Introduction to Philippians-Thessalonians.

(3) Father Mike’s Bible Study Podcast. Introduction to Luke.

Abraham, Our Father. Scroll down click on the audio player or the mp3 download link. This is part of a 30 part audio study on the Bible.

Seeds of Abraham Episode 2. EWTN Study of Major OT Figures by fr. Mitch Pacwa. The first 5 episodes look at Abraham.

Franciscan Sisters Bible Study Podcast. Looks at all of the readings.

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

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Luke 8-9. Click on POD icon or direct download link.

(1) Bishop Barron’s Homily Podcast: The More. From the noted speaker and theologian.

(2) Bishop Barron’s Homily Podcast: The Glorified Body.

(3) Bishop Barron’s Homily Podcast: Transfigured Prayer.

(4) Bishop Barron’s Homily Podcast: The Father in Faith.

(5) Bishop Barron’s Homily Podcast: The Adventure of Faith.

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