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Commentaries for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 1, 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.


My Notes on Joshua 5:9a, 10-12.

Word-Sunday Notes on Joshua 5:9a, 10-12.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Joshua 5:9a, 10-12.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7. Unless noted otherwise all commentaries are on the entire Psalm.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 34.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 34. Entire psalm. In Aquinas’ translation this is Ps 33.

St Basil’s Homily on Psalm 34. In Basil’s translation this is Psalm 33.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 34.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 34.


Navarre Bible Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lectures on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. Read the last two lectures of chapter 5.

Word-Sunday Notes on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

Homilist’s Catechism on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. The Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Father Leopold Fonck’s Notes on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.

Bishop Knecht’s Practical Commentary on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. Very basic.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. On verses 1-32.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. Two homilies encompassing verses1-32. Also listed below under “Homilies on the Gospel.”

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. On verses 1-32.

Word-Sunday Notes on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.

Homilist’s Catechism on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.

HOMILIES ON THE GOSPEL AND/OR ON PENANCE: Some of the resources are on penance, penitents, and repentance in general.

St Peter Chrysologus’ Five  Homilies on the Prodigal Son. Online book. Homilies begin on text page 25 (page 37 on scribd counter).

John Henry Newman: On Christians Repentance. On Luke 15:18-19.

John Henry Newman: Contracted Views in Religion. On Luke 15:29.

St Pacian of Barcelona: An Exhortation Unto Penance (The Paraenesis).

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentaries on the Prodigal Son. Listed above under “Commentaries on the Gospel.”

Aphraates the Persian Sage on Penitents.

Tertullian on Repentance.


Update: Video. Parables of Discipleship and Mercy. By biblical scholar Fr. James McIlhone. Includes a treatment of today’s gospel reading.

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

(1) The Prodigal Son: Father Robert Barron’s Homily Podcast. Noted speaker and theologian. I’ve linked to the index page because at this time this Sunday’s homily has not yet been posted.

(2) The Father and the Sons. Podcast by Fr. Robert Barron.

(3) The Lesson of the Prodigal Son. Podcast by Fr. Robert Barron.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study on Luke 15-17. Click on the POD icon or the direct download link.

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 in some detail.

Father Francis Martin’s Reflections in Four Parts: Each approximately 15 minutes.

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

Word Sunday. All the readings in both and literal translation, notes on the text, podcast, children’s reading.

Doctrinal Homily Outline.  Gives the theme of the readings, the doctrinal message, and pastoral application.

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. Brief reflections from philosopher Eleanore Stump.

Thoughts From The Early Church. Excerpt from a homily on repentance by St John Chrysostom.

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

Update: Speaking of Scripture Blog. An excerpt from Father Stegman’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians, one of the volumes in the New Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture NT commentary series. Unfortunately, the brief quote cannot do justice to this well done and highly readable exposition.

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