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Commentaries for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on July 23, 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.


Navarre Bible Commentary on Wisdom 18:6-9.

Background and Brief Notes on Wisdom 18:6-9.

Word-Sunday Notes on Wisdom 18:6-9.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 33. On entire psalm.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 33. Entire psalm.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 33. Entire psalm.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 33. Entire psalm.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 33.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19. A shorter reading of 11:1-2, 8-12 is allowed.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19.

Words-Sunday Notes on Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19. Popular and literal translation followed by notes.

St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentaries on Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19: In four parts:

Navarre Bible Commentary on Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Luke 12:32-48. A shorter reading of the passage (35-40) is allowed.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 12:32-48.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Luke 12:32-48.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on Luke 12:32-48.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 12:32-48.

Word-Sunday Notes on Luke 12:32-48.

Sacred Space Comments on Luke 12:32-48.

Homilist’s Catechism on Luke 12:32-48. On verses 35-40.


Pending: Sacred Page Blog: . 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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