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Commentaries for Divine Mercy Sunday, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 31, 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.


Father MacEvily’s Commentary On Acts 5:12-16.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Acts 5:12-16.

My Notes On Acts 5:12-16.

Word Sunday on Acts 5:12-16.

Homilist’s Catechism on Acts 5:12-16.


Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 118.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 118.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 118.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 118.

Word Sunday on Psalm 118.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19.

Father Elwood Berry’s Commentary on Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19. On 11-13, 17-19.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19.

Word Sunday on Rev1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19.

Homilist’s Catechism on Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19.

Dr. Peter Williamson’s Reflections on the Second Reading. A brief excerpt from his  Book on Revelation, part of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture Series.


St Cyril Of Alexandria’s Commentary On John 20:19-31 in Two Parts:

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on John 20:19-31.

Father John MacIntyre’s Commentary on John 20:19-31.

Navarre Bible Commentary on John 20:19-31.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on John 20:19-31. Read Lectures 4, 5 & 6.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on John 20:19-31. Commentary compiled from the Fathers of the Church.

St Augustine’s Tractate 121 on the Gospel of John. Rather brief.

Haydock Commentary on John 20:19-31. Notes on whole chapter.

Word Sunday on John 20:19-31.

Homilists Catechism on John 20:19-31.


Homily On The Gospel By Pope St Gregory. Prefaced by Gospel Reading.

Homiletic Sketch On The Two Apparitions Of The Lord. Prefaced by Gospel.

Dogmatical Sketch On Faith. Based on Gospel. May have to scroll down slightly.

Symbolical Sketch On The Wounds Of Christ As Mementos Of Our Peace. Based on the Gospel.

Moral Sketch On Peace. Based on the Gospel.

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

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:Divine Mercy Sunday. 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 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. Please note only the gospel reading is applicable this year. Usually has 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.

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

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


Dr. Scott Hahn’s Podcast. Very brief. Does good job of highlighting the theme(s) of the readings (text available).

Father Robert Barron’s Podcast Homily. I’ve linked to the archive page, homily not yet available.

St Martha’s Sunday Bible Study. Looks at all of the readings in some detail. From St Martha’s Church, Texas.

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

Father Francis Martin’s Reflections. In four 15 minute parts. The first is introductory, the remaining 3 on the readings.

Institute of Catholic Culture’s Podcast Study Acts of Apostles. Listen to part 4 which looks at chapters 3-5.

EWTN’s Gospel of the Holy Spirit (on Acts of Apostles). Listen to episode 4.

Institute of Catholic Culture’s Podcast Study of Revelation. Three part study provides background and overview to the book.

Podcast Study of Revelation, chapter 1. From St Martha’s Church, Texas.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of John in Two Parts:

EWTN’s Gospel of John. Listen to episode 13.

Discerning Hearts Radio/Seeking Truth Bible Study on John 20.

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