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Commentaries for the Third Sunday of Lent, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 7, 2016


Today’s Mass Readings: Lectionary. 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.

Mass Readings in the RSVCE. For those who prefer this version.

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.

SUGGESTED THEMES FOR HOMILIES, STUDY AND MEDITATION: See also the General Resources heading below

1. Avoiding the Sin of Presumption in Regard to God’s Mercy: God is indeed patient and merciful and concerned with the plight of the oppressed, and showed himself as such to the Israelites (Ps and 1st reading). Here, because of the 2nd and gospel readings, it might be advantageous to note that while the Israelites were oppressed, they were also sinners who were worshipping the gods of their oppressors (Lev 17:7; Josh 24:14). According to Ezekiel, God had ordered them to repent of this and give it up, but many did not (Ezek 20:6-9). The Exodus generation that benefited from God’s mercy (1st reading) “were struck down in the desert,” and “suffered death by the Destroyer” (2nd reading, 1 Cor 10:5, 10) as a lesson for us–upon whom the end of the ages has come–for God’s mercy and patience are not inexhaustible, and a judgement is pending (Gospel reading, Lk 13:7-9). Hence the call to repent (Gospel reading, Lk 13:3, 5).

Liturgical Bible Study. See especially slide 26. 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.

Doctrinal Homily Outline. Highlights central idea, doctrinal point, and practical application.

Bible Claret: To Convert is to Find One’s Identity. Reflection and commentary on the readings by Catholic biblical scholar Fernando Armellini.


Navarre Bible Commentary on Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15.

My Notes on Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15. Currently only on verses 1-8. Will try to complete.

Word-Sunday Notes on Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15.

Update: Homilist’s Catechism on Exodus 3:1-8,13-15.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 103.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 103.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 103.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 103.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 103.

Pending: My Notes on Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12.

Cornelius a Lapide”s Notes on 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12.

Bernard de Picquigny’s Notes on 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12. On all of ch. 10.

Word-Sunday Notes on 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12.

Homilist’s Catechism on 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12.


Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 13:1-9.

My Notes on Luke 13:1-9.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 13:1-9.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Luke 13:1-9.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Luke 13:1-9. On 6-9, the fig tree parable.

Word-Sunday Notes on Luke 13:1-9.


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:  Reflection on the readings by Catholic biblical scholar Dr John Bergsma.

Glancing Thoughts. Not yet posted. Brief reflections from philosopher Eleanore Stump.

Thoughts From The Early Church. Excerpt from homily by St Augustine.

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

Let the Scripture Speak: Burning Bush, Barren Fig Tree. Biblical scholar Fr. Dennis Hamm looks at the first and Gospel readings.

The Word Engaged: Holy Ground of Being. Philosopher Fr. James Kavanaugh reflects on the first reading.

Historical Cultural Context: The Barren Fig Tree. Examines the parable in light of 1st century Medeterrainian culture.

Working with the Word.

Spirituality of the Readings: Is Jesus an Angry Savior? Fr. John Foley.

Glancing Thoughts: How About Bread? Philosopher Eleonore Stump.

PODCASTS: Scripture studies, homilies, etc.

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast. Looks at all the readings. Link is to an index page. The study will probably not be available until Thursday.

St Martha’s Parish Bible Study Podcast. Looks at all the readings.

Father Mike’s Introduction to Exodus. Basic introduction to the book.

Carson Weber’s Podcast on Exodus. Good overview of the Exodus. Scroll down and click on the audio player of the mp3 link. Part of a 30 episode overview study of the Bible.

EWTN’s Podcast Study of Exodus by Dr. Tim Gray. Listen to episode 2.

Father Mike’s Introduction to 1 & 2 Corinthians.  Basic introduction to the letters.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12. Looks at chapters 9-11. click on the POD icon or the direct download link.

Father Mike’s Introduction to Luke. Basic introduction to the entire gospel.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Luke 13:1-9. Actually studies 12:13-14:35. Click on the POD icon or the direct download link.

(1) Father Barron’s Homily Podcast: The Burning Bush.

(2) Father Barron’s Homily Podcast: A Tale of Two Trees.

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Sunday Reflections. Brief. Does good job of highlighting major theme(s). Text available.

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