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Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 10, 2018

Practices of the New Kingdom, 6:1–7:12

After describing the character of the citizens of the Messianic Kingdom and their influence on others, after stating the perfection of the Christian law both in general and in particular obligations, our Lord proceeds to develop the practice of the New Testament virtues. This practice concerns first our acts of devotion [6:1–18], secondly, our private life [6:19–34], and thirdly, our relation to our neighbor [7:1–12].

1 Take heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them: otherwise you shall not have a reward of your Father who is in heaven.

Take heed that you do not do your justice.] 1. Acts of devotion, 6:1–18. This section considers first, alms-deeds, 1–4; secondly, prayer, 5–15; thirdly, fasting, 16–18. That these works were considered in the Old Testament as belonging to the substance of perfection is plain from Tob. 12:8, 9; besides, there is a number of passages in which the three works are recommended singly: the giving of alms is spoken of Deut. 15:7; Pss. 40:2; 111:5; Prov. 11:25; 19:17; Is. 58:7, 8; prayer was practiced both publicly and privately, Gen. 18:23; 20:17; 1 Sam 1:10; 2:1; 8:6; Deut. 26:3 14; 1 Kings 8:56 ff.; Ps. 54:18; fasting, too, was well known, and at certain times even prescribed, Jud. 20:26; 1 Sam 7:6; 2 Sam 12:16; 1 Kings 21:27; Est. 4:1; Ps. 34:13; Dan. 9:3; Joel 2:13; Lev. 16:29; 23:27; Zach. 7:3, 5; 8:19. It is also to be kept in mind that at the time of the exile, prayer was often recurred to instead of the legal sacrifices; but no certain posture of the body was determined as obligatory. Our Lord therefore does not introduce new practices of devotion in the following discourse, but teaches the proper method of performing the customary ones. He comprises them under the name of “justice” and warns in general that they are not to be performed through vainglory. It is true that Maldonado, etc. regard “justice” as synonymous with the following “alms-deed,” but Tob. 4:10 and Prov. 10:2; 11:4 show that it had also the wider meaning. It is not the mere publicity of the good works that robs them of their merit, but the intention of the doer to gain human praise thereby. Whatever may have been the views of the Jews concerning future retribution, our Lord here speaks of the “reward of your Father who is in heaven.”

2 Therefore when thou dost an alms-deed, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honoured by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.

 Therefore, when thou dost an alms-deed.] a. Alms-deeds. Here Jesus teaches first, what to avoid, then, how to give alms, and thirdly, he adds the motive. a. We must avoid the way of the hypocrites in the synagogues and the streets. In classical language “hypocrites” were those that acted the part of another person, the beginning of their performance being announced by the sound of a trumpet. Owing to this custom, gl. ord. Bruno of Segni, Tostatus, Cajetan, Jansenius [cf. Euthymius, Maldonado Lapide] contend that our Lord warns here literally against having one’s alms-deeds announced by trumpet-sound in streets and synagogues, thus merely acting the part of a friend to the poor. But Lightfoot, Schöttgen, etc. maintain that there is no vestige of any such custom among the ancient Hebrews. Since our Lord must have alluded to an evil that was then well known, Edersheim [i. pp. 196, 539] believes that he borrows his language from the trumpet-shaped collection boxes in which the alms were received in both temple and synagogues; but Thomas Aquinas, Faber Stapulensis, Barradas, Sylveira, Calmet, Arnoldi, Schegg, Schanz, Fillion Knabenbauer, etc. rightly see in the language of our Lord a merely figurative expression, in which he warns against ostentation and external show in our works of mercy [cf. Cicero, ep. ad divers, vi. 21]. The use of trumpets in the temple service was sufficiently well known to render our Lord’s words fully intelligible [cf. Joel 2:15].

3 But when thou dost alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth.
4 That thy alms may be in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret will repay thee.

But when thou dost alms.] β. How to give alms. We need not notice the view of Paulus and de Wette who think that Jesus warns against first counting the money, or the alms we give, in the left hand; Chrysostom and Augustine, have rejected the explanation that the “left hand” means the wicked and the unbelieving; Augustine qualifies the view that the “left hand” signifies the wife, as absurd and ridiculous, because our Lord cannot be supposed to allude to the parsimoniousness of the wife, and the domestic struggles that would follow, if the wife were to know the generous acts of mercy done by the husband; nor can it be maintained that the “left hand” signifies either pleasure or our lower appetite, because this interpretation does not fit into the context; the view of Maldonado, who considers the language of Jesus as a rhetorical exaggeration, deserves more commendation than any of the foregoing, though the “left hand” may also signify those most closely connected with us [cf. Mt. 5:29, 30]. At any rate, our alms-deeds must be done with as little ostentation as possible.

γ. The motive. The secret charity we thus exercise becomes more precious [cf. Sirach. 29:15], and our reward will be not that of this earth, but that of heaven [cf. Phil. 2:16; 2 Tim. 1:12, 18; 4:8]. But even in this life, we thus spare the feelings of the poor, and have God “who seeth in secret” for the witness of our charity. The foregoing doctrine is of precept, in so far as it teaches that our intention in doing good must always be pure; it is of counsel, in so far as it warns us to avoid all occasion of vanity in which our corrupt human nature might be conquered [Jansenius, Knabenbauer].

5 And when ye pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, that love to stand and pray in the synagogues and corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men: Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.
6 But thou when thou shalt pray, enter into thy chamber, and having shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret, and thy father who seeth in secret will repay thee.

And when you pray.] b. Prayer. In this section our Lord first warns against the vice of the Pharisees [5, 6], then against the misconception of the heathens [7, 8], and finally he gives a formula of a perfect prayer [9–15]. a. The Old Testament passages referring to prayer have been given above [v. 1]. It may be supposed that public prayer was not only joined with the two daily sacrifices [cf. Ps. 72:20; 136], but also that it took place about the third, the sixth, and the ninth hour [cf. Ps. 54:18]. Acts 3:1; 10:9 seems to confirm the latter supposition. Though a kneeling and prostrate posture was not unknown among the Jews [1 Kings 8:54; 19:18; Dan. 6:10; Lk. 22:41; Acts 9:40; 20:36; 21:5], they commonly stood erect during prayer [1 Kings 1:26; Dan. 9:20; Mk. 11:25; Lk. 18:11, 13; Philo, Vit. contempl. opp. ii. 481; Light. f.], so that “to stand” was almost synonymous with “to pray.” At the stated times of prayer there was naturally a greater concourse on the streets leading to the temple, and especially at the corners where two or three streets crossed each other. The warning of our Lord against standing and praying in the synagogues or at the corners of the streets is therefore a warning against ostentation in our prayer. The retirement in which we ought to pray is described by the chamber and the shut doors [Mt. 24:26; Lk. 12:3; Tob. 7:15]; Jesus does not necessarily speak of the upper chamber, though the prayer was often performed in it [Dan. 6:11; Judith 8:5; Tob. 3:12; Acts 1:13]. Whether the passage be explained literally as a rhetorical exaggeration, or metaphorically, the spiritual lesson contained in it is the same. The manner in which Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine, Opus Imperfectum, apply the passage to spiritual recollection during time of prayer is rather pious than accurate. That public and common prayer was not prohibited by these words of Jesus is seen from Acts 1:24; 3:1; 4:24; 6:6; 12:12; 1 Tim. 2:8. The precept contained in these words may be complied with in public, and may be transgressed in secret, since it is only the intention, and not the outward circumstances, that Jesus regulates. The counsel contained in the words is again calculated to remove us from all occasion of vainglory.

16 And when you fast, be not as the hypocrites, sad. For they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest anoint thy head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not to men to fast, but to thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret, will repay thee.

And when you fast.] c. Fasting. The law ordained only one yearly fast-day, the Day of Atonement [Lev. 16:29; 23:27]. Zach. 7:3, 5; 8:19 knows of four national fast-days. About the time of the exile private fasts became quite numerous, so that many fasted every Friday, and the Pharisees every Monday and Thursday. The Essenes and the Therapeutæ especially distinguished themselves by their rigorous fasts [cf. Josephus, Jewish Wars. II. viii. 2–14; Philo, De vit. cont. ii. 471 f.]. The one-day’s fast consisted in the total abstinence from food and drink; its penitential character was emphasized by additional austerities, by rending of the garments, wearing of haircloth, or sprinkling of ashes. Our Lord tells his hearers first, how not to fast, secondly, how to fast.

α. How not to fast. Jesus here returns to the principal theme of this part of his discourse, warning us against all vain ostentation in the performance of our good works. We are not to fast like the hypocrites, who merely act, as it were, the part of devout men; we must not neglect our hair or our face, or put on other signs of mourning, thus betraying our practice of fasting; if we do this, we have received our reward.

β. How to fast. The positive precept of our Lord concerning the manner of fasting tends to make us avoid the notice and praise of men. The anointing of the head may be regarded as a hyperbolical expression based on Oriental manners [cf. Ruth 3:3; 2 Kings 12:20; etc.]; it signifies that when we fast, we must appear outwardly the same as usual. Augustine, Chrysostom, Opus Imperfectum, refer the anointing of the head and the washing of the face to the inner man, so that our Lord, according to these writers, recommended a special care of purity of soul during the days of fasting. If Keil were right in inferring a prohibition of fasting itself from the words of our Lord, one might also infer a general prohibition of alms-deeds and prayer from the warning of Jesus not to perform these actions through vainglory.

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Commentaries and Resources for the Fist Week of Lent

Posted by Dim Bulb on November 25, 2017

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, Years A, B, C
Note: we are in Year B.

Year A: Commentaries for the First Sunday of Lent.

Year B: Commentaries for the First Sunday of Lent.

Year C: Commentaries for the First Sunday of Lent.

MONDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK IN LENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

My Notes on Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 19.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 19.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 19.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 19.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 19.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 25:31-46.

Maldonado’s Commentary on Matthew 25:31-46.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 25:31-46.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 25:31-46.

TUESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

My Notes on Isaiah 55:10-11. On 6-11.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 55:10-11.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 34.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 34.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 34.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 34.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 6:7-15.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 6:7-15.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 6:7-15.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 6:7-15.

WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK IN LENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

My Notes on Jonah 3:1-10.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Jonah 3:1-10.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to 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.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 51.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 51.

St Albert the Great’s Commentary on Psalm 51.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 51.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 51.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 11:29-32.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on Luke 11:29-32.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 11:29-32.

THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Esther c:12, 14-16, 23-25.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 138.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 138.

Pseudo-St Albert the Great’s Commentary on Psalm 138.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 138.

Father Ronald Knox’s Meditation on Psalm 138.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Commentary on Psalm 138.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 7:7-12.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 7:7-12.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 7:7-12.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 7:7-12.

FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Ezekiel 18:21-28.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 130.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 130.

Pseudo-Albert the Great’s Commentary on Psalm 130.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Commentary on Psalm 130.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 5:20-26.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 5:20-26.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 5:20-26.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 5:20-26.

SATURDAY OF THE FIST WEEK OF LENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Deuteronomy 26:16-19.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 119.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 119:1-8.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Catechesis on Psalm 119.

Psallam Domino on Psalm 119:1-8. Follows the Greek/Vulgate numbering thus designating this Psalm as 118.

Maldonado’s Commentary on Matthew 5:43-48.

St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on Matthew 5:43-48.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 5:43-48.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 5:43-48.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 5:43-48. On 38-48.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 5:43-48.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 5:43-48.

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT, YEARS A, B, C
Note: We are in Year B

Year A: Commentaries for the Second Sunday of Lent.

Year B: Commentaries for the Second Sunday of Lent.

Year C: Commentaries for the Second Sunday of Lent.

Next Week’s Posts.

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Commentaries for the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I

Posted by Dim Bulb on January 28, 2017

EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Note: We are in Year A

YEAR A: EIGHTH SUNDAY IN  ORDINARY TIME.

YEAR B: EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

YEAR C: EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

MONDAY OF THE EIGHTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Sirach 17:20-24.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 32.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 32.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 32.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 32.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 10:17-27.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 10:17-27.

Pope Benedict’s Homily on Mark 10:17-27.

Another Homily on Mark 10:17-27 by Pope Benedict.

TUESDAY OF THE EIGHTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Sirach 35:1-12.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 50.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 50.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 50.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 10:28-31.

Navarre Commentary on Mark 10:28-31.

St Catherine of Siena on Mark 10:28-31.

PLEASE NOTE: IN 2017 ASH WEDNESDAY WILL START TOMORROW, MARCH 1. COMMENTARIES FOR THE LENTEN SEASON CAN BE FOUND HERE.

WEDNESDAY OF THE EIGHTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Navarre Commentary on Sirach 36:1, 4-5a, 10-17.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 79.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 79.

My Background Notes on Psalm 79:8, 9, 11, 13. Contains background on the psalm with notes on the responsorial verses.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 10:32-45.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 10:32-45.

The Catechism on Today’s Gospel Mark 10:32-45.

THURSDAY O F THE EIGHTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

Navarre Commentary on Sirach 42:15-25.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 33.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 33.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 33.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 33.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 10:46-52.

Navarre Commentary on Mark 10:46-52.

FRIDAY OF THE EIGHTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Sirach 44:1, 9-13.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 149.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 149.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 149.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 149.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 11:11-26.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 11:11-26.

SATURDAY OF THE EIGHTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Sirach 51:12cd-20.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 19.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 19.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 19.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 19.

Navarre Commentary on Mark 11:27-33.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 11:27-33.

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Commentaries for the Third Week of Lent

Posted by Dim Bulb on January 28, 2017

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT, YEARS A, B & C
Note: We are in Year A

Year A: Commentaries and Resources for the Third Sunday of Lent. 2014, 2017 2020, etc

Year B: Commentaries and Resources for the Third Sunday of Lent. 2015, 2018, 2021, etc.

Year C. Commentaries and Resources for the Third Sunday of Lent. 2016, 2019, 2022, etc.

MONDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT
Note: The Solemnity of St Joseph is usually celebrated on March 19, but since in 2017 this date falls on a Sunday, the observance has been moved to today. The first link below is to resources for the solemnity. Remaining links are for the regular Lenten readings.

2017. Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Today’s Mass Readings.

My Notes on 2 Kings 5:1-15ab. On 1-17.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 2 Kings 5:1-15ab.

Haydock Commentary on 2 Kings 5:1-15ab. Called 4 Kings in Vulgate.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 42.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 42.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 42.

Haydock Commentary on Psalm 42. 43 in Vulgate

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 4:24-30. This commentary starts at verse 22.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 4:24-30.

Haydock Commentary on Luke 4:24-30.

TUESDAY OD THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Daniel 3:25, 34-43.

Haydock Bible Commentary on Daniel 3:25, 34-43.

Father E.S. Berry’s Introduction & Notes to Psalm 25.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 25.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 25.Lectio Divina Notes on Psalm 25.

My Notes on Psalm 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9. Post includes notes on verses 1-9 inclusively.

Haydock Bible Commentary on Psalm 25. This is listed as Psalm 24 on the site because it follows the verse numbering of the Greek Septuagint and Vulgate.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 18:21-35.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 18:21-35.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 18:21-35. Includes commentary on 19:1 as well.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 18:21-35.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 18:21-35.

Haydock Bible Commentary on Matthew 18:21-35.

WEDNESDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9.

Haydock Bible Commentary on Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 147.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 147.

St Albert the Great’s Commentary on Psalm 147. On verses 12-20 covering today’s verses. Commentary attributed to St Albert.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 147. On verses 12-20 covering today’s verses.

Haydock Bible Commentary on Psalm 147. On 12-20.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 5:17-19.

St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on Matthew 5:17-19.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 5:17-19.

Maldonado’s Commentary on Matthew 5:17-19.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 5:17-19.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 5:17-19.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 5:17-19.

Haydock Commentary on Matthew 5:17-19.

THURSDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Jeremiah 7:23-28.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Jeremiah 7. Actually on chapters 3-10. To listen click on POD button or direct download.

Haydock Commentary on Jeremiah 7:23-28.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 95.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 95.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 95.

Father Tauton’s Commentary on Psalm 95.

Haydock Commentary on Psalm 95. 94 in the Vulgate.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 11:14-23.

St Bede the Venerable’s Homily on Luke 11:14-23. On 14-28.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Luke 11:14-23. On 14-28.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 11:14-23.

Haydock Commentary on Luke 11:14-23.

FRIDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT

Today’s Mass Readings.

My Notes on Hosea 14:2-10.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Hosea 14:2-10.

Haydock Commentary on Hosea 14:2-10.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 81.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 81.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 81.

Haydock Commentary on Psalm 81. 80 in Vulgate.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 12:28-34.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 12:28-34.

Haydock Commentary on Mark 12:28-34.

SATURDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT
Note: in 2017 this day falls on March 25, The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. The first link below is to commentaries for that observance. Remaining links are for the normal Lenten readings.

2017. Commentaries for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

Today’s Mass Readings.

My Notes on Hosea 6:1-6. Actually on 5:15-6:7.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Hosea 6:1-6.

Haydock Commentary on Hosea 6:1-6.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to 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.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 51.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 51.

St Albert the Great’s Commentary on Psalm 51.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 51.

Haydock Commentary on Psalm 51. 50 in Vulgate.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Luke 18:9-14.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Luke 18:9-14.

St Augustine’s Homily on Luke 18:9-14.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 18:9-14.

Haydock Bible Commentary on Luke 18:9-14.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT, YEARS A, B & C
Note: We are in Year A

Year A: Commentaries and Resources for the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

Year B: Commentaries and Resources for the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

Year C: Commentaries and Resources for the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

Next Week’s Posts.

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Commentaries for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 1, 2016

READINGS AND OFFICE:

Today’s Mass Readings in the NABRE. Used in the USA.

Mass Readings in the NJB Translation. Scroll down. Used in most English speaking countries. For some reason the site has the Gospel reading before the second reading.

Divine Office.

Anglican Use Daily Office. ”Briefly, it is a provision for an “Anglican style” liturgy similar to the Book of Common Prayer as an ecclesiastically approved variant on the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.” More info.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Joshua 5:9a, 10-12.

My Notes on Joshua 5:9a, 10-12.

Word-Sunday Notes on Joshua 5:9a, 10-12.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Joshua 5:9a, 10-12.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7. Unless noted otherwise all commentaries are on the entire Psalm.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 34.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 34. Entire psalm. In Aquinas’ translation this is Ps 33.

St Basil’s Homily on Psalm 34. In Basil’s translation this is Psalm 33.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 34.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 34.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lectures on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. Read the last two lectures of chapter 5.

Word-Sunday Notes on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

Homilist’s Catechism on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. The Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Father Leopold Fonck’s Notes on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.

Bishop Knecht’s Practical Commentary on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. Very basic.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. On verses 1-32.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. Two homilies encompassing verses1-32. Also listed below under “Homilies on the Gospel.”

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. On verses 1-32.

Word-Sunday Notes on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.

Homilist’s Catechism on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.

HOMILIES ON THE GOSPEL AND/OR ON PENANCE: Some of the resources are on penance, penitents, and repentance in general.

St Peter Chrysologus’ Five  Homilies on the Prodigal Son. Online book. Homilies begin on text page 25 (page 37 on scribd counter).

John Henry Newman: On Christians Repentance. On Luke 15:18-19.

John Henry Newman: Contracted Views in Religion. On Luke 15:29.

St Pacian of Barcelona: An Exhortation Unto Penance (The Paraenesis).

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentaries on the Prodigal Son. Listed above under “Commentaries on the Gospel.”

Aphraates the Persian Sage on Penitents.

Tertullian on Repentance.

PODCASTS:

Update: Video: The Parable of the Prodigal Son. Biblical scholar Dr. Brant Pitre talks about this Sunday’s readings.

Update: Video. Parables of Discipleship and Mercy. By biblical scholar Fr. James McIlhone. Includes a treatment of today’s gospel reading.

Dr Scott Hahn’s Sunday Reflections. Very brief. Does good job of highlighting major theme(s). Text available.

(1) The Prodigal Son: Father Robert Barron’s Homily Podcast. Noted speaker and theologian. I’ve linked to the index page because at this time this Sunday’s homily has not yet been posted.

(2) The Father and the Sons. Podcast by Fr. Robert Barron.

(3) The Lesson of the Prodigal Son. Podcast by Fr. Robert Barron.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study on Luke 15-17. Click on the POD icon or the direct download link.

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast. Looks at all the readings. Link is to an index page. The study will probably not be available until Thursday.

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

Father Francis Martin’s Reflections in Four Parts: Each approximately 15 minutes.

GENERAL RESOURCES: sites that usually deal with the readings as a whole (with some occasional specialty studies).

Word Sunday. All the readings in both and literal translation, notes on the text, podcast, children’s reading.

Doctrinal Homily Outline.  Gives the theme of the readings, the doctrinal message, and pastoral application.

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

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.

St Charles Borromeo Parish’s Bible Study Notes. Notes on all the readings, usually with some background info as well.

Sacred Page Blog:  Reflection on the readings by Catholic biblical scholar Dr John Bergsma.

Glancing Thoughts. Brief reflections from philosopher Eleanore Stump.

Thoughts From The Early Church. Excerpt from a homily on repentance by St John Chrysostom.

Scripture In Depth. Succinct summary of the readings and their relation to one another.

Update: Speaking of Scripture Blog. An excerpt from Father Stegman’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians, one of the volumes in the New Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture NT commentary series. Unfortunately, the brief quote cannot do justice to this well done and highly readable exposition.

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Commentaries for the Third Sunday of Lent, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 7, 2016

READINGS AND OFFICE:

Today’s Mass Readings: NABRE. Used in the USA.

Mass Readings in the NJB Translation. Scroll down. Used in most English speaking countries. For some reason the site has the Gospel reading before the second reading.

Divine Office.

Anglican Use Daily Office. ”Briefly, it is a provision for an “Anglican style” liturgy similar to the Book of Common Prayer as an ecclesiastically approved variant on the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.” More info.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15.

My Notes on Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15. Currently only on verses 1-8. Will try to complete.

Word-Sunday Notes on Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15.

Update: Homilist’s Catechism on Exodus 3:1-8,13-15.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 103.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 103.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 103.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 103.

Pending: My Notes on Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12.

Cornelius a Lapide”s Notes on 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12.

Bernard de Picquigny’s Notes on 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12.

Word-Sunday Notes on 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12.

Update: Homilist’s Catechism on 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL: Luke 13:1-9.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 13:1-9.

My Notes on Luke 13:1-9.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 13:1-9.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Luke 13:1-9.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Luke 13:1-9. On 6-9, the fig tree parable.

Word-Sunday Notes on Luke 13:1-9.

GENERAL RESOURCES:

Update: Doctrinal Homily Outline. Highlights central idea, doctrinal point, and practical application.

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

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.

St Charles Borromeo Parish’s Bible Study Notes. Notes on all the readings, usually with some background info as well.

Sacred Page Blog:  Reflection on the readings by Catholic biblical scholar Dr John Bergsma.

Glancing Thoughts. Not yet posted. Brief reflections from philosopher Eleanore Stump.

Thoughts From The Early Church. Excerpt from homily by St Augustine.

Scripture In Depth. Succinct summary of the readings and their relation to one another.

PODCASTS: Scripture studies, homilies, etc.

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast. Looks at all the readings. Link is to an index page. The study will probably not be available until Thursday.

St Martha’s Parish Bible Study Podcast. Looks at all the readings.

Father Mike’s Introduction to Exodus. Basic introduction to the book.

Carson Weber’s Podcast on Exodus. Good overview of the Exodus. Scroll down and click on the audio player of the mp3 link. Part of a 30 episode overview study of the Bible.

EWTN’s Podcast Study of Exodus by Dr. Tim Gray. Listen to episode 2.

Father Mike’s Introduction to 1 & 2 Corinthians.  Basic introduction to the letters.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12. Looks at chapters 9-11. click on the POD icon or the direct download link.

Father Mike’s Introduction to Luke. Basic introduction to the entire gospel.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Luke 13:1-9. Actually studies 12:13-14:35. Click on the POD icon or the direct download link.

(1) Father Barron’s Homily Podcast: The Burning Bush.

(2) Father Barron’s Homily Podcast: A Tale of Two Trees.

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Sunday Reflections. Brief. Does good job of highlighting major theme(s). Text available.

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Commentaries for the Second Sunday of Lent, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 7, 2016

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18.

Our Father Abraham. A Bible Study Lesson from the St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. An overview of the significance of Abraham in the Old and New Testaments.

Homilist’s Catechism on Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14.

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.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Philippians 3:17-4:1. Note that a shorter reading is allowed Phil 30:20-4:1.

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Philippians 3:17-4:1. Includes 4:2-3.

My Notes on Philippians 3:17-4:1. Includes 4:2-3.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Philippians 3:17-4:1.

Homilist’s Catechism on Philippians 3:17-4:1.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL: Luke 9:28b-36.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Luke 9:28-36. Begins with 27.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 9:28b-36.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 9:28-36.

My Notes on Luke 9:28b-36.

Homilist’s Catechism on Luke 9:28b-36.

PODCASTS: Scripture studies, homilies, etc.

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Podcast. Brief. Does good job of highlighting major theme(s).

(1) Father Mike’s Bible Study Podcast.  Introduction to the book of Genesis.

(2) Father Mike’s Bible Study Podcast. Introduction to Philippians-Thessalonians.

(3) Father Mike’s Bible Study Podcast. Introduction to Luke.

Abraham, Our Father. Scroll down click on the audio player or the mp3 download link. This is part of a 30 part audio study on the Bible.

Seeds of Abraham Episode 2. EWTN Study of Major OT Figures by fr. Mitch Pacwa. The first 5 episodes look at Abraham.

Franciscan Sisters Bible Study Podcast. Looks at all of the readings.

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

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Luke 8-9. Click on POD icon or direct download link.

Father Barron’s Homily Podcast. From the noted speaker and theologian.

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Commentaries for the First Sunday of Lent, Year C

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 6, 2016

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR C

READINGS AND OFFICE:

Today’s Mass Readings in the NABRE. Used in the USA.

Mass Readings in the NJB Translation. Scroll down. Used in most English speaking countries. For some reason the site has the Gospel reading before the second reading.

Divine Office.

Anglican Use Daily Office. ”Briefly, it is a provision for an “Anglican style” liturgy similar to the Book of Common Prayer as an ecclesiastically approved variant on the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.” More info.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 26:4-10.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Deuteronomy 26:4-10.

My Brief Notes on Deuteronomy 26:4-10.

Word-Sunday Notes on Deuteronomy 26:4-10.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 91. Whole psalm.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 91. Whole psalm.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 91.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 91.

Pending (maybe). My Notes on Psalm 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Romans 10:8-13.

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Romans 10:8-13. On 5-13.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Romans 10:8-13. On 5-13.

Word-Sunday Notes on Romans 10:8-13.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Romans 10:8-13.

Homilist’s Catechism on 10:8-13.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Luke 4:1-13.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Luke 4:1-13.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 4:1-13.

My Notes on Luke 4:1-13.

Word-Sunday Notes on Luke 4:1-13.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 4:1-13.

Homilist’s Catechism on Luke 4:1-13.

GENERAL RESOURCES: sites that usually deal with the readings as a whole (with some occasional specialty studies).

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

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.

St Charles Borromeo Parish’s Bible Study Notes. Notes on all the readings, usually with some background info as well.

Sacred Page Blog: Lent as Spiritual Warfare. reflection on the readings by Catholic biblical scholar Dr John Bergsma.

Glancing Thoughts. Reflections on the Gospel from philosopher Eleanore Stump.

Thoughts From The Early Church. Excerpt from St Chrysostom.

Scripture In Depth. Succinct summary of the readings and their relation to one another.

CHILDREN’S RESOURCES:

Catholic Mom. Scroll down to this Sunday. Resources appear oriented towards 7-14 years of age.

Word Sunday’s Children’s Reading. Two very short stories seeking to draw a lesson from the first and Gospel readings.

We Believe. Activities geared towards Kindergarten through 8th grade. Also has resources for catechists, clergy, etc.

1. Sermons 4 Kids: What Did Jesus Do?

2. Sermons 4 Kids: Resisting Temptation.

3.Sermons 4 Kids:  “I’ll Be Back”!

The Catholic Toolbox. Activities, crafts, games, etc., for class or home.

PODCASTS:

Update: Video: Mass Readings Explained. By Dr Brant Pitre.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Romans 10. Click the POD icon or the direct download link.

Dr Scott Hahn’s Podcast. Very brief. Text also available. Does good job of highlighting major theme(s).

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast. Looks at all the readings.

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

Father Robert Barron’s Homily Podcast. From a noted speaker and theologian.

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Commentaries for the Third Sunday of Lent, Year B

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 28, 2015

READINGS AND OFFICE:

Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition. Used in the USA.

Readings from the New Jerusalem Bible. Used in most English speaking countries.

Today’s Divine Office.

Anglican Use Office. ”Briefly, it is a provision for an “Anglican style” liturgy similar to the Book of Common Prayer as an ecclesiastically approved variant on the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. The official text of the Anglican Use Daily Office is published in The Book of Divine Worship; this internet site is based on that text.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Exodus 20:1-17.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Exodus 20:1-17.

Haydock Bible Commentary on Exodus 20:1-17. Note on entire chapter.

Catechism Links on Exodus 20:1-17.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 19.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 19.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 19. Psalm 18 according to the Vulgate numbering.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary/Meditation on Psalm 19.

Haydock Bible Commentary on Psalm 19. Psalm 18 in this version which follows the Vulgate and Septuagint numbering.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:22-25.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:22-25. This post is actually on verses 18-25.

Father Bernardin de Piconio’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:22-25. This brief commentary is actually on verses 18-31.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:22-25.

St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:22-25. On 18-25.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:22-25.

Haydock Bible Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:22-25. On entire chapter.

Confraternity Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:22-25. On entire chapter

Catechism Links on 1 Corinthians 1:22-25. Appears in popup window you can enlarge.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: John 2:13-25.

Father MacRory’s Commentary on John 2:13-25.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on John 2:13-25.

Navarre Bible Commentary on John 2:13-25.

Haydock Bible Commentary on John 2:13-25. On entire chapter.

Confraternity Commentary on John 2:13-25. On entire chapter.

St Augustine’s Tractates on John 2:13-25. On 2:12-3:5.

Catechism Links on John 2:13-25. Appears in popup window which you can enlarge.

OTHER RESOURCES: Podcasts, Videos, Blog Posts, etc.

Sacred Page Blog: Jesus and the Law of God. Catholic biblical scholar John Kincaid comments and reflects upon the readins.

Living Spaces. Comments on the second and gospel readings.

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast. Current episode will probably be available by Thursday. Usually looks at all the readings in some detail.

St Martha’s Podcast Study of the Readings. Usually looks at all the readings in some detail.

Adventures in Exodus. EWTN series by Dr. Tim Gray. Listen to episode 7.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast on 1 Corinthians 1. Begins with a digression on “mission” but eventually gets to today’s verses.

In the Footsteps of St Paul. By Fr Mitch Pacwa of EWTN. Listen to episode 1.

Video: Sunday Gospel Scripture Study. On the Gospel reading. Excellent presentation.

The Gospel of John. EWTN series by Dr Tim Gray. Listen to episode 2.

Sunday Bible Reflections. By Dr. Scott Hahn. Very brief audio which does good job of highlighting the major theme(s) of the readings. Text available.

Father Barron’s Homily Podcast. A noted theologian and speaker.

Jesus, The Law of God. On the readings by Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma.

 

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Commentaries and Resources for the Second Sunday of Lent, Year B

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 21, 2015

READINGS AND OFFICE:

Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition. Used in the USA.

Readings from the New Jerusalem Bible. Used in most English speaking countries.

Today’s Divine Office.

Anglican Use Office. ”Briefly, it is a provision for an “Anglican style” liturgy similar to the Book of Common Prayer as an ecc

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18.

Haydock Bible Commentary on Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18. Links to all the notes on Gen 22.

Word-Sunday Notes on Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18.

Homilist’s Catechism on Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18.

Our Father Abraham. A Bible Study Lesson from the St Paul Center for Biblical Theology.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 116.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 116.

Haydock Commentary on Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19. On verses 10-19 inclusively. This commentary follows the numbering of the Septuagint/Vulgate and so is labeled Psalm 115:10-19.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary/Meditation on Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19. On verses 10-19 inclusively.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 116.

Pending (maybe): My Notes on Today’s Responsorial Psalm (116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19).

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Romans 8:31b-34.

Bernardin de Piconio’s Commentary on Romans 8:31b-34. Actually, this post is on verses 28-39.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Romans 8:31b-34.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Romans 8:31b-34. On 31-39.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Romans 8:31b-34.

Haydock’s Bible Commentary on Romans 8:31b-34. Notes on entire chapter.

Confraternity Commentary on Romans 8:31b-34. Notes on entire chapter.

Homilist’s Catechism on Romans 8:31b-34.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Mark 9:2-10.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 9:2-10.

Haydock Bible Commentary on Mark 9:2-10. Notes on entire chapter.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 9:2-10.

Confraternity Commentary on Mark 9:2-10. Notes on entire chapter.

Word-Sunday Notes on Mark 9:2-10.

Daily Gospel on Mark 9:2-10. Brief Commentary by St Anastasius of Sinai.

Homilist’s Catechism on Mark 9:2-10.

OTHER RESOURCES: Blogs, Podcasts, etc.

(1) Sacred Page Bog: Premonitions of Calvary. Catholic Biblical Scholar Dr. John Bergsma’s comments and reflections on the readings.

(2) Sacred Page Blog: The Beloved Son and the Freedom of the Glory of the of the Children of God.Catholic Biblical scholar John Kincaid’s comments and reflections.

Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological overview of the readings. Can be printed out, copied and used as a bulletin insert.

Lector Works. One Lector’s advice on how to read the text of the readings.

Doctrinal Homily Outline. Gives the themes of the readings, their doctrinal message, and a pastoral application.

Thoughts From the Early Church. Excerpt from a sermon on the Transfiguration by St Ephrem the Syrian.

Scripture in Depth.

Catholic Matters. The readings followed by brief notes.

St Charles Borromeo Parish Bible Study Notes. Notes used during a weekly study of the Sunday readings.

One Bread, One Body: brief meditations.

 

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