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Commentaries for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on October 21, 2017


NABRE. Used in the USA.

NJB. Pending. Used in most English speaking countries.

NRSV. Non-Catholic edition.

Divine Office.

Update: HOMILY IDEAS, NOTES, ETC.: A couple of this links are also found elsewhere in the post.

Homilist’s Catechism: 1st Reading. 2nd Reading. Gospel.

Doctrinal Homily Outline. Highlights central theme(s), doctrinal application and practical application.

Lector Works.A At this site you will find: * A series of thoughts about the lectionary readings of the day, as an oral proclamation within the church’s public prayer, and how the writer would want to have them declared and received effectively.  * Three elements are always identified: ** the climax of the reading, ** the contact point of the reading with our assembly  ** one special challenge the reading poses for the seasoned lector. * At the end of each week’s readings, a brief reflection on the transition from the Table of the Word to the Table of the Eucharist.

 Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological background on the readings. Can be printed out, copied, and used as bulletin insert.

Homily Resources.

One Bread, One Body. Several short reflections which may help provide ideas for a homily.

Wellspring of the Gospel. Basic reflections that could be used as building blocks for a homily. The link is to the gospel reflection which has further links to reflections on the 1st and 2nd readings.

Gospel Notes. Introduction, commentary, reflection.

Preacher’s Exchange: First Impressions. Fr. Jude, an instructor in homiletics offers reflections designed to help homilists. You can subscribe to a weekly email to receive the reflections early.

Preacher’s Exchange: Come and See. Brief thoughts on the Sunday and daily readings.

Homiletic and Pastoral Review: Homilies for February. Scroll down to the Sixth Sunday.


Word-Sunday Notes on Jeremiah 17:5-8.

My Notes on Jeremiah 17:5-8. On 5-10

Navarre Bible Commentary on Jeremiah 17:5-8.

Update: Homilist’s Catechism on Jeremiah 17:5-8.


Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 1.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 1.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 1.

St Hillary’s Sermon on Psalm 1.

St Basil the Great’s Homily on Psalm 1.

Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 1.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 1.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 1.

My Notes on Psalm 1.

Lectio Divina on Psalm 1.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20.

Fr. de Piconio’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20. On 12-34.

Fr. Callan’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20. On 12-28.

Fr. MacEvilly’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20. On 12, 16-26.

Fr. Lapide’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:12, 20-26. on 12, 16-26.

Word-Sunday Notes on 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20.

Update: Homilist’s Catechism on 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20.


My Notes on Luke 6:17, 20-26.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 6:17, 20-26. On 17-26.

Word-Sunday Notes on Luke 6:17, 20-26.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on Luke 6:17, 20-26. Fragmented, covers 17, 20-24.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 6:17, 20-26.

Update: Homilist’s Catechism on Luke 6:17, 20-26.


St Charles Borromeo Parish Bible Study. Succinct notes on all the readings.

Sacred Page Blog: The Upside Down Kingdom of God. Commentary and reflections on all the readings by Catholic biblical scholar, Dr. John Bergsma.

Video: The Sermon on the Plain. Excerpt from a longer talk by Catholic biblical scholar, Dr. Brant Pitre.

Audio: Dr. Scott Hahn’s Reflection on the Sunday Readings. Brief. Text also available.

The Wednesday Word.  It’s about the Sunday readings, but the document is posted on Wednesday, hence the name. Designed for prayer and reflection, the pdf document ends with Father Dom Henry Wansbrough’s reflections on the first and second readings. Fr. Wansbrough is General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible and contributed commentaries on Matt, Mark, and the Pastorals in A New Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture.

Let the Scripture Speak. Brief insights from Catholic biblical scholar Fr. Ennis Hamm.

The Word Engaged: Open to the Supernatural. By Catholic philosopher John Kavanaugh.

Historical Cultural Contest: Rich and Poor. Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Pilch. Looks at the Gospel reading in light of 1st century Mediterranean culture.

Thoughts From the Early Church: St John Chrysostom. Excerpt from a homily.

Scripture in Depth. Succinct commentary on the readings.

Glancing Thoughts The End of the Story. Brief reflections on the readings from philosopher Eleanore Stump.

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