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Commentaries for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on April 16, 2016

Note: This post needs some editing and updating of links.



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 Callan’s Commentary on Acts 14:21-27. On verses 19-28.

St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on Acts 14:21-27. On verses 19-28.

My Notes On Acts 14:21-27.

Pending: Bishop MacEvilly’s Commentary on Acts 14:21-27.

Word Sunday Notes on Acts 14:21-27.

Homilist’s Catechism on Acts 14:21-27.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Acts 14:21-27.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 145. Very brief.

St Augustine’s Exposition Of Psalm 145. Whole psalm.

Part 1. Pope Benedict On Psalm 145 .  Whole psalm.

Part 2. Pope Benedict on Psalm 145.  Whole psalm.

Word Sunday Notes on Psalm 145. Whole psalm.


My Notes On Revelation 21:1-5a.

Word Sunday on Revelation 21:1-5a.

Speaking of Scripture Blog. An excerpt from Dr. Peter Williamson’s forthcoming commentary on Revelation, part of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred  Scripture series (see here).

Navarre Bible Commentary on Revelation 21:1-5.

Homilist’s Catechism on Revelation 21:1-5a.


St John Chrysostom Homiletic Commentaries 72 & 73 On John. A modern translation covering John 13:20-14:7.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on John 13:31-33a, 34-35.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on John 13:31-33a, 34-35.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on John 13:31-33a, 34-35.

My Notes on John 13:31-35.

Word Sunday Notes on John 13:31-35.

Navarre Bible Commentary on John 13:31-33a, 34-35.

Homilist’s Catechism on John 13:31-35.

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

Doctrinal Homily Outlines.  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: The Kingdom of Love: Reflection on the readings by Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma.

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

The Gospel in its Historical Cultural Context. Briefly examines the gospel reading in light 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.

PODCASTS: Bible Studies and Homilies. Partially complete.

On The Readings As A Whole:

Franciscan Bible Study Podcast. Link is to archive page. This Sunday’s study will become available on Thursday.

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

Update: Video: The New Commandment and the New Creation. By Catholic biblical scholar Dr. Brant Pitre.

On Acts of Apostles:

EWTN’s Gospel of the Holy Spirit (on Acts of Apostles). Listen to episode 7.

St Catherine of Siena’s Podcast Study of Acts of Apostle. Video on chapters 13-15.

Institute of Catholic Culture’s Podcast Study of Acts of Apostles. Listen to part 8 on chapters 10-15.


Institute of Catholic Culture on Revelation. A three part introductory overview of the book.

St Martha’s Podcast Study of Revelation. On chapters 20-22.

A Catholic Study of the Book of Revelation. Video on chapters 13-16.


EWTN’s Study of John’s Gospel. Listen to episode 10.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of John’s Gospel. On chapters 13-14. Click on the POD icon or the direct download link.

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast on John’s Gospel. Scroll down and click on the episode covering 13:10-14:31.

HOMILIES: Pending.

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