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Commentaries for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on July 17, 2016


Today’s Mass Readings (NABRE). Translation used in the USA.

Today’s Mass Readings (NJB). Scroll down slightly. The NJB is used in most other English speaking countries.

Today’s 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.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23.

Word-Sunday Notes on Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23.

Haydock Bible on Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 90.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 90. Whole psalm.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 90. Whole psalm.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 90. Whole psalm.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 90. Whole psalm.


St Thomas Aquinas’ Lectures on Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11. Read the first two lectures on chapter 3.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11. On 1-11.

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11. On 1-17.

Bishop MacEvilly’s Commentary on Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11.

Word-Sunday’s Notes on Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11. Popular and literal translations, followed by brief notes.

Homilist’s Catechism on Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11.


Father Fonck’s Notes on Luke 12:13-21.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 12:13-21.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Luke 12:13-21.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Luke 12:13-21.

St Augustine’s Homily on Luke 12:13-21.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on Luke 12:13-21.

Homilist’s Catechism on Luke 12:13-21.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 12:13-21.


Sacred Page Blog: Church of the Poor. Insightful reflections on the readings from Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma.

Doctrinal Homily Outline. Gives theme of the readings, doctrinal message, suggested pastoral applications.

Historical Cultural Context. The Gospel as seen in its 1st century Mediterranean context.

Scripture in Depth. Succinct summary of the readings.

Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological background.

Thought From the Early Church. Brief commentary from a homily by St Basil the Great.

The Wednesday Word. Reflections and commentary on the Sunday readings by Father Dom Henry Wansbrough, O.S.B. He is a world renowned biblical scholar who contributed four commentaries on the NT section of the New Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture (Matt, Mark, Acts, Pastorals), and was general editor of the New Jerusalem Bible.


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