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Commentaries for the First Week of Advent

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 24, 2016

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Year A: First Sunday of Advent. We are pilgrims journeying to the New Jerusalem and the Heavenly Zion. It should be a pilgrimage of joy (Psalm), peace (1st reading), and integrity (2nd reading) as we await the return of the Lord (Gospel). See Heb 12:22-24.

Year B: First Sunday of Advent. The NABRE describes the Entrance Antiphon (Ps 25) as “A confident prayer for forgiveness and guidance.” With its themes of forgiveness, the desire to do good, “waiting” and “the way,” it can serve as a fitting daily prayer for Advent. Several of these themes permeate the readings for today. We pray that the Lord might intervene personally on our behalf (1st reading) so that we might turn to Him and be saved (Ps), found blameless (2nd reading) and vigilant (Gospel). The Entrance Antiphon/Psalm 25 suit the entire season of Advent well and is a fitting prayer for the season.

Year C: First Sunday of Advent.

EXTRAORDINARY FORM: Commentaries and Resources.

The Time of the Antichrist: Newman’s First Advent Discourse. The first of four discourse on the Antichrist by John Henry Newman.

FIRST MONDAY OF ADVENT
Note: On the First Monday of Advent in  Isaiah 2:1-5 is usually read, but when the Sunday cycle “A” precedes it the first reading is Isaiah 4:2-6. The reason for this is that the First Sunday of Advent in cycle “A” uses Isa 2:1-5 for its first reading.

In Cycle A. Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 4:2-6.

Suggested Themes: (1) Th entrance antiphon speaks about the word of the Lord that has gone out to the nations, heralding the coming of a Savior; this is an excellent opportunity to study or preach upon the Messianic prophecies of the OT (CCC 601, 652, 713. See also this list of prophecies.). (2) The believer’s life should be a joyful pilgrimage (Ps) to the New Jerusalem (1st reading, see CCC 757, Rev 21; Heb 12:22-29) and to the Messianic Banquet (Gospel, see Isa 25:6-8, CCC 545-546).

My Notes on Isaiah 2:1-5.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 2:1-5.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 122.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 122.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 122.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 122.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Commentary on 122.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 8: 8:5-11.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew  8:5-11.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 8:5-11.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 8:5-11.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 8:5-11.

TUESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT

Suggested Themes: (1) The gifts of the Holy Spirit  in the life of Jesus [CCC 536] and in the life of believers [CCC 1830-1831].  (2) The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament time of preparation [CCC 702-716]. The Holy Spirit in the New Testament time of fulfillment [717-741]. Further Suggestion: For more ideas consult the Analytical Index of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church on the subjects of “justice” and “peace”.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Isaiah 11:1-10. This post is actually on verses 1-16.

My Notes on Isaiah 11:1-10.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 11:1-10.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 72.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 72.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 72.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 72.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 10:21-24.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 10:21-24.

WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT

Suggested Themes: In the Garden of Eden, which was a temple that sat atop a mountain (Ezek 28:13-14) Adam and Eve brought death and sufferings upon themselves by eating what was not theirs to have (Gen 3). But on His holy temple mountain, the heavenly Zion (Heb 12:22), God will provide a lavish feast for the faithful, and destroy death and suffering (1st reading).  Jesus foreshadowed this future state in His ministry (Gospel).

Haydock’s Commentary on Isaiah 25:6-10. Very basic notes.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 25:6-10.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 23.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 23.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 23.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Commentary on Psalm 23.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 15:29-37.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 15:29-37.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 15:29-37.

THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT

My Notes on Isaiah 26:1-6.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 26:1-6.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 118.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 118.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 118.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 7:21, 24-27.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 7:21, 24-27. This post includes commentary on verses 22 & 23 as well.

Maldonado’s Commentary on Matthew 7:21, 24-27. This post includes commentary on verses 22 & 23 as well.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 7:21, 24-27. On 21-27.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 7:21, 24-27.

FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT

Pending (maybe): My Notes on Isaiah 29:17-24.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 29:17-24.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 27.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 27.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 27.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 27.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 9:27-31.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 9:27-31.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 9:27-31.

Bishop MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 9:27-31.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 9:27-31.

SATURDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 147.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 147.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 147. On verses 1-11.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8.

SUNDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Year A Commentaries. Justice and peace are to be the marks of the Messiah and His reign (1st reading, Ps). We must reform our lives (Gospel) and live in harmony with others (2nd reading). Note the theme of judgment in 1st, Ps, and Gospel readings.

Year B Commentaries.

Year C Commentaries.

Extraordinary Form~Commentaries on the Readings.

The Religion of the Antichrist: Cardinal Newman’s Second Advent Discourse.

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