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Commentaries for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 6, 2016


Readings from 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.


Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 43:16-21.

My Notes on Isaiah 43:16-21.

Word-Sunday Notes on Isaiah 43:16-21.

Homilist’s Catechism on Isaiah 43:16-21.


Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 126.

Pope Benedict’s Commentary on Psalm 126.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 126.

St Albert the Great’s Commentary on Psalm 126.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 126.


Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Philippians 3:8-14. Capuchin friar.

My Notes on Philippians 3:8-14. Not yet complete. Currently on verses 8-11.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Philippians 3:8-14.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Philippians 3:8-14.

St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on Philippians 3:8-14.

Word Sunday Notes on Philippians 3:8-14.

Homilist’s Catechism on Philippians 3:8-14.


Navarre Bible Commentary on John 8:1-11.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on John 8:1-11.  “The Golden Chain” of St Thomas Aquinas.  A running commentary he collected from the works of the Early Church Fathers.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Notes on John 8:1-11.  Father Lapide was one of the most famed biblical scholars of his day.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on John 8:1-11.  From his popular 19th century commentary.

Was the Story of the Woman Caught in Adultery Really a Later Addition? From Dr. Michael Barber of the Sacred Page Blog. Not a commentary on today’s reading but an issue of importance in relation to it. I’ve decided to link to it here rather than under “General Resources” since more people tend to focus on the “Commentaries on the Gospel” heading. Do check out the General Resources though, there are a number of fine resources there, including Dr. Barber’s fellow Sacred Page blogger, Dr. John Bergsma’s reflections on the readings (actually, this week’s SP reflection is by Dr. Barber and, as just noted, is located below under “General Resources”.

Word-Sunday Notes on John 8:1-11.

Homilist’s Catechism on John 8:1-11.

St Augustine’s Tractate on John 8:1-11.

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 Outlines.  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: Go, and…Do Not Sin Anymore. Reflection on the readings by Catholic biblical scholar Dr Michael Barber.

Glancing Thoughts. Brief reflections from philosopher Eleanore Stump.

Thoughts From The Early Church. Excerpt on the Gospel from St Augustine.

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


Catholic Mom.  Scroll down to this Sunday. Resources appear oriented towards 7-14 years of age.

Word Sunday’s Children’s Reading. Two very short stories seeking to draw a lesson from the first and Gospel readings.

We Believe. Activities geared towards Kindergarten through 8th grade. Also has resources for catechists, clergy, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox. Not yet posted. Activities, crafts, games, etc., for class or home.

Domestic Church. Lent and Easter activities arranged for families, younger children, older children.

Sunday Connection. Resources for different grade levels, and family activities.

Catholic Kids Bulletin.


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

Father Robert Barron’s Podcast Homily: Every Saint Had a Past, Every Sinner Has a Future. From the noted speaker and theologian.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study on John: The Woman Caught in Adultery. Part of a series of studies on John. Click the POD icon or the direct download to listen.

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

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast. I’ve linked to the archive page. Click on the study for March 17.



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