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Commentaries for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 17, 2016

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Malachi 3:19-20a (4:1-2 in some translations)

Update: My Summary Notes on the Prophet Malachi. A brief summary of the book emphasizing its unity and main theme.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Malachi 3:19-20a (4:1-2).

Word-Sunday Notes on Malachi 3:19-20a.

Homilist’s Catechism on Malachi 3:19-20a.


Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 98.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 98.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 98.

Update: St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 98.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 98.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 98.


Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12. On 6-15.

Word-Sunday Notes on 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12.

Homilist’s Catechism on 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12.


Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 21:5-19.

Update: St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on Luke 21:5-19. Actually on 5-13.

Word-Sunday Notes on Luke 21:5-19.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 21:5-19.

Homilist’s Catechsim on Luke 21:5-19.


Sacred Page Blog: The End is Near! Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma’s reflections on the readings.

St Charles Borromeo Parish Bible Study Notes. Notes on all the readings. Time sensitive link.

Lector Notes.

Gospel Summary with Life Implications. St Vincent’s Archabbey.

Thoughts From the Early Church. Brief excerpt on the gospel from Nilus of Ancyra.

Scripture in Depth. Brief look at all the readings.

Prepare For Mass. Various links, videos, etc.


Father Mike’s Bible Study Podcast on Malachi. Very basic introduction to the books of Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Malachi. Click on POD icon to listen to part 4 which includes the verses used in the first reading.

Father Mike’s Bible Study Podcast on 2 Thessalonians. Very basic introduction to the letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Luke 21. Click on POD icon to listen.

Father Mcllhone’s Audio/PowerPoint Lecture on Luke 21. Begins at 20:41.

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast. Looks at the Sunday readings in some detail. Link is to archive page and newest studies are usually posted on Thursdays.

St Martha’s Parish Bible Study Podcast on the Sunday Readings. Looks at the readings in some detail.

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Sunday Bible Reflections. Very brief. Highlights major theme(s).

(1) Father Robert Barron: Apocalypse and the Resurrection. From the noted speaker, author and theologian.

(2) Father Robert Barron: What Remains?

(3) Father Robert Barron: Birth Pangs of the Messiah.

(4) Father Robert Barron: Not One Stone Upon Another.

(5) Father Robert Barron: Apocalypse Now?

Father Francis Martin’s Reflections on the Sunday Readings: In four parts approx. 15 minutes each.

1. Introduction: Contemplation and Purity of Heart.

2. On the First Reading and Psalm.

3. On the Second Reading.

On the Gospel Reading.

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