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Commentaries for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 3, 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 Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14.

Homilist’s Catechism on Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 51.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 51.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 51.

St John Fisher’s Sermons on Psalm 51. Psalm 50 in Fisher’s translation. The Fourth Penitential Psalm. He treated of the Psalm in two parts, and at some length.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 51

Update: St Robert Bellrmine’s Commentary on Psalm 51.


Father Callan’s Commentary on 1 Timothy 1:12-17.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on 1 Timothy 1:12-17.

Homilist’s Catechism on 1 Timothy 1:12-17.

My Notes on 1 Timothy 1:12-17.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 Timothy 1:12-17.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Luke 15:1-32. Shorter reading: Luke 15:1-10.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 15:1-32.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Luke 15:1-32.

Homilist’s Catechism on Luke 15:1-32. On the shorter reading, 1-10.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 15:1-32.

1. Father Fonck’s Commentary on Luke 15:4-7: Parable of the Lost Sheep.

2. Father Fonck’s Commentary on Luke 15:8-10: Parable of the Lost Coin.

3. Father Fonck’s Commentary on Luke 11:32: Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Pope St Gregory the Great’s Homily on the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7).

Bishop Knecht’s Practical Commentary on the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). Before treating of the parable he looks at verses 1-3 to set its context.


Sacred Page Blog: The Prodigal Son. 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.

Thought From the Early Church: Peter Chrysologus. Brief commentary.

Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological background

The Wednesday Word. Time sensitive link. 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.

Update: Prepare For Mass. Devotional video’s, links, etc.


Link fixed. Dr. Scott Hahn’s Sunday Bible Reflections. Brief. Does good job of highlighting the major theme(s) of the readings.

(1)  A Coin, A Sheep, A Son: BishopmRobert Barron’s Podcast Homily. From the noted speaker, author and theologian.

(2) Logic of Justice; Logic of Grace: Bishop Robert Barron’s Podcast Homily.

(3) The Reckless Abandon of God’s Love: Bishop Barron’s Podcast.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Luke 15-17.

Father Mcllhone’s Video Study of Luke. A power point lecture focusing on Luke’s teaching concerning  discipleship and the Parables of Luke 15, including the Prodigal.

Father Francis Martin’s Reflection on the Readings in Four Parts: (approx. 15 minutes each).

1. Introductory Theme: Mercy.

2. Reflections on the First Reading and the Responsorial.

3. Reflections on the Second Reading.

4. Reflections on the Gospel Reading.

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