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Commentaries for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on April 10, 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 MacEvilly’s Commentary on Acts 13:14, 43-52.

St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on Acts 13:14, 43-52. Actually on 13:42-14:6.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Acts 13:14, 43-56. Actually on verses 12-14, 42-53.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Acts 13:14, 43-52.

Word Sunday’s Notes on Acts 13:14, 43-52.

Homilist’s Catechism on Acts 13:14, 43-52.


Pending: Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 100. Whole psalm.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 100. Whole psalm.

A Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 100. Whole psalm.

St Augustine’s Exposition Of Psalm 100. Whole psalm.

Word Sunday’s Notes on Psalm 100. Whole psalm.


Navarre Bible Commentary on Revelation 7:9, 14b-17.

Word Sunday’s Notes on Revelation 7:9, 14b-17.

Homilist’s Catechism on Revelation 7:9, 14b-17.

Update: Speaking of Scripture Blog. Excerpt from Dr. Peter Willaimson’s forthcoming commentary on Revelation, part of the Catholic Commentary On Sacred Scripture series.


St Cyril of Alexandria’s  Commentary on John 10:27-30. On 18-39.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on John 10:27-30. On 22-30.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on John 10:27-30.

Lecture on John 10:27-30 by St Thomas Aquinas. On verses 19-30. Should not be confused with the Catena Aurea.

Navarre Bible Commentary on John 10:27-30.

Word Sunday’s Notes on John 10:27-30.

Homilist’s Catechism on John 10:27-30.

GENERAL RESOURCES: Sites which offer commentaries, reflections, summaries,etc., on one or more of the readings in a single post.

Doctrinal Homily Outline.  Gives the theme(s) 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.

Scripture Speaks. Since the site doesn’t post every week I’ve linked to the archive.

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: Both “Lamb” and “Shepherd”. Reflection on the readings by Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma.

Glancing Thoughts: Brief reflection on the first reading from philosopher Eleanore Stump.

The Gospel in its Historical Cultural Context. Briefly highlights the significance of Jesus’ relationship to the Father in terms of first century Mediterranean culture.

Thoughts From The Early Church. Excerpt on the Gospel from St Cyril of Alexandria.

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.

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.

PODCASTS: Bible studies and homilies.

On the Readings as a Whole: On the three readings and the Psalm.

St Martha’s Bible Study Podcast for the 4th Sunday of Easter.
Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast for the 4th Sunday of Easter. Link is to archive page. Episode will be available sometime Thursday.
Dr. Scott Hahn’s Podcast. Very brief overview highlighting the main theme(s) of the readings.
Update: Jesus the Good Shepherd. By Catholic biblical scholar Dr. Brant Pitre.

Father Francis Martin’s Reflections: 4 parts, each approximately 15 minutes. The first is introductory and the remaining three look at the readings.

Part 1. Introduction.
Part 2.  First reading and psalm.
Part 3. Second reading.
Part4. Gospel.

Acts of Apostles Chapter 7:

Institute of Catholic Culture’s Podcast on Acts of Apostles. Listen to part 6 which deals with chapters 6-9.
EWTN’s Gospel of the Holy Spirit (on Acts of Apostles). Listen to episode 4.
St Catherine of Siena’s Podcast Study of Acts of Apostles. On chapters 6-8.

Revelation Chapter 7:

Institute of Catholic Culture’s Podcast Study of Revelation. Three part study provides background and overview to the book.
(1) St Martha’s Parish Podcast Study of Revelation Chapters 6 & 7. Please note that the study opens with a brief reading from Mark 13. Power-point handout for above talk.
(2) Another Study on Revelation by St Martha’s Parish.  On chapters 7-11.
Catholic Study of the Book of Revelation. On chapters 7-12.

Gospel of John 10:

EWTN’s Series on John 10-11. Scroll down and listen to episode 9.
St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast on John. Click on POD icon or direct download link.
Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast on John. Scroll down and click on the episode deal with 10:14-12:6.


Father Robert Barron’s Podcast Homily.


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