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Father MacEvilly’s Introduction to Second Corinthians

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 29, 2018

Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians
Introduction

Canonicity of.—The Canonicity, or Divine authority of this Epistle, has never been called in question in the Church. Hence, in the Canon of Scriptures, it is classed among the books termed, Proto-Canonical.

There has been no difference of opinion about the language of it either. It is universally admitted to have been written in Greek.

Time and Place of.—It is generally supposed to have been written about the year 57—the same year in which the preceding Epistle was written, but a few months after it. The place where it was written is generally supposed to have been Philippi in Macedonia. This is asserted by the subscriptions of the Greek copies. Baronius states, however, that it was written from Nicopolis in Epirus.

Occasion of.—The Apostle had, in his former Epistle, promised to visit the Corinthians—a promise, however, he was prevented from fulfilling by duties of importance. And although, as he learned from Titus, whom he sent to Corinth, his former Epistle was attended with partial success; still, he was informed, that the false teachers, who insinuated themselves amongst the Corinthians, offended at the holy liberty with which they were rebuked by him, endeavoured by all means to alienate the minds of the people from him. They charged him with fickleness and irresolution—with tyranny, as instanced in his treatment of the incestuous man—with indulging in self-praise—with arrogant haughtiness in his Epistles, so ill befitting the lowliness and seeming meanness of his personal appearance and conversation, when amongst them. The Apostle defends himself against these imputations. He clears himself of the charge of fickleness, and assigns satisfactory reasons for not appearing amongst them according to his promise. He shows that his treatment of the incestuous man was attended with the most salutary results; and finding that the excommunication had the desired effect of reforming the offender, he mildly instructs them, by way of request, to remove the censure and restore him to the communion of the faithful (chapters 1, 2). He repels the charge of indulging in self-praise, by retorting upon his enemies, and by showing that unlike them, he needed no recommendation with the Corinthians; and after contrasting the Apostolic ministry with that of Moses (chap. 3), and after pointing out the exalted virtues which the Apostles practised, together with the sufferings and persecutions they underwent for the Gospel (chap. 5, 6, 7) he refutes the charge of arrogance in his Epistle, by showing, that whether absent or present he always acted consistently, always with candour and sincerity, both in his words and actions—(chapter 10).

In his own defence, and from the strictest necessity, he enumerates the manifold labours and perils he underwent in the cause of the Gospel; the success with which his efforts were crowned; and, consequently, his claims to their confidence and affection in preference to the false teachers, whom all along, in the enumeration of his own services, he indirectly censures; and whom, moreover, in several passages, depicting in their true colours, he denounces in the strongest language. And as the false teachers had endeavoured to recommend themselves by putting forward their high-sounding titles, the Apostle, in order to counteract their wicked devices, enumerates the exalted titles and heavenly favours, wherein he might justly glory—(chapters 11 and 12).

He was informed that the collection in favour of the poor of Jerusalem, which he recommended in his former Epistle, was not yet made; he, therefore, exhorts them to the zealous discharge of this meritorious duty, and instructs them to perform it with liberality, promptitude, and cheerfulness. He proposes to them, as models in this respect, the poor churches of Macedonia—(chapters, 8 and 9). Finally, he exhorts them, under pain of the severest chastisements, to correct the faults to which they were still addicted—(chapter 13).

The chief object and general scope of this Epistle may be said briefly to consist in the defence of his own conduct and apostleship against the false teachers.

Commentators remark that this Epistle may be regarded as a perfect masterpiece of that solid and impassioned eloquence for which the writings of St. Paul are so remarkable.

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Commentaries for the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 23, 2018

PENTECOST SUNDAY

Extended Vigil Mass.
Mass During the Day.

MONDAY OF THE TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
The Monday after Pentecost is the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. The first link is to commentaries for that memorial. Remaining links are for the normal Mass of the day readings.

!!! Commentaries for the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.

Today’s Mass Readings.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 1:1-7.

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 1:1-7.

Father MacEvilly’s Introduction to 2 Corinthians.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 1:1-7.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 2 Corinthians 1:1-7.

Father Boylan’s introduction to Psalm 34.

St Augustine Notes on Psalm 34.

St Thomas Aquinas’s Lecture on Psalm 34.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 5:1-12.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 5:1-12.

St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on Matthew 5:1-12.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 5:1-12.

St Augustine’s Book 1 on Sermon on the Mount. On Matthew 5.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 5:1-12.

TUESDAY OF THE TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
In 2019 this day falls on June 11, the Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle. The first link is to commentaries for that Memorial. Remaining links are for the normal Mass of the day readings.

2019. Commentaries for the Memorial of St Barnabas, ApostleCommentaries for the Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle.

Today’s Mass Readings.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 1:18-22.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 2 Corinthians 1:18-22.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 119.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 5:13-16.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 5:13-16.

Jaun de Maldonado’s Commentary on Matthew 5:13-16.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 5:13-16.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 5:13-16.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 5:13-16.

WEDNESDAY OF THE TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 3:4-11.

R.D. Byles’ Commentary on 2 Corinthians 3:4-11.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 3:4-11.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 2 Corinthians 3:4-11.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 99.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 99.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 99.

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

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

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

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

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

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 5:17-19.

THURSDAY OF THE TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 3:15-4:1, 3-6.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 2 Corinthians 3:15-4:1, 3-6.

Father Boylan’s Introduction With My Notes on Psalm 85.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 85.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 5:20-26.

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

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

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

Navarre Bible Commentary on Today’s Gospel Matthew 5:20-26.

FRIDAY OF THE TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 4:7-15.

R.D. Byles’ Commentary on 2 Corinthians 4:7-15.

Father MacEvilly’c Commentary on 2 Corinthians 4:7-15.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 4:7-15.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 2 Corinthians 4:7-15.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 116.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 116. On verses 10-19 which covers the verse used today in the responsorial.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 116.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 5:27-32.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 5:27-32.

St John Chrysostom’s homiletic Commentary on Matthew 5:27-32. On 27-37.

Pending: Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 5:27-32.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 5:27-32.

SATURDAY OF THE TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:14-21.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:14-21.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 103.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 103.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 103.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 103.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 5:33-37.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 5:33-37.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 5:33-37.

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Commentaries for  the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

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Commentaries for Lectionary Year I (Includes Commentaries for Sundays A, B, and C)

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 23, 2018

The new liturgical year and lectionary cycle begins on Sunday, December 2, 2018 (The First Sunday of Advent). Links to individual weeks includes both Sundays (e.g., The first week of Advent includes the 1st and 2nd Sundays; the Second week of Advent includes 2nd and 3rd Sundays, etc.). 

ADVENT SEASON

First Week of Advent.
Second Week of Advent.
Third Week of Advent.
Fourth Week of Advent.

CHRISTMAS SEASON TO EPIPHANY
Note: Traditionally Epiphany is celebrated on January 6. In the USA it is celebrated on the Sunday following January 6.

Dec. 25. Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Dec 24).
Dec. 25. Mass During the Night: The Nativity of the Lord (Midnight Mass).
Dec. 25. Mass at Dawn: The Nativity of the Lord.
Dec. 25. Mass During the Day: The Nativity of the Lord.

Sunday Within the Octave of Christmas (Feast of the Holy Family). If a Sunday does not fall between Dec. 26 and Dec 31 then the Feast of the Holy Family is celebrated on Dec. 30.

Dec. 26. The Feast of St Stephen, the Church’s First Martyr.
Dec. 27. The Feast of St John, Apostle and Evangelist.
Dec 28. Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs.
Dec. 29. Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas.
Dec. 30. Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas. See next note.
!!! Dec 30. Feast of the Holy Family (Non-Sunday). If a Sunday does not fall between Dec 26-31 then the Feast of the Holy Family is celebrated on this date.
Jan 1. Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
Jan. 2. Memorial of St Basil the Great and St Gregory Nanzianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church.
Jan. 3. Christmas Weekday.
Jan . 4. Memorial St Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious.
Jan. 5. Memorial of St John Nuemann, Bishop.

EPIPHANY TO THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

Jan. 6-13. Epiphany to the Baptism of the Lord. The Baptism of the Lord closes out the holy seasons and starts Ordinary Time.

ORDINARY TIME, INCLUDING THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
Note: Scroll down for the seasons that interrupt Ordinary Time.

First Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Second Week in Ordinary Time, Week I.
Third Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Fourth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Fifth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Sixth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Eighth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
In 2019 Lent begins during this week. Scroll down for Lenten season.
Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Tenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I. Starts with Pentecost in 2019.
Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time, Year I. Starts with Most Holy Trinity in 2019.
Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I. Starts with Most Holy Body and Blood in 2019.
Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Twenty Sixth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Thirty Third Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.
Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I.

LENTEN SEASON

Ash Wednesday Through Second Sunday of Lent.
Second Week of Lent.
Third Week of Lent.
Fourth Week of Lent.
Fifth Week of Lent.
!!! Holy Week.

EASTER SEASON

Easter Sunday to Divine Mercy Sunday (Second Sunday of Easter).
Second Week of Easter.
Third Week of Easter.
Fourth Week of Easter.
Fifth Week of Easter.
Sixth Week of Easter. Includes Ascension Thursday.
Seventh Week of Easter. Includes Pentecost.

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Commentaries for the First Week in Ordinary Time, Year I

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 23, 2018

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
We are in Year C.

Year A. Commentaries for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Year B: Commentaries for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Year C: Commentaries for the Baptism of the Lord.

MONDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Hebrews 1:1-6.

St John Chrysostom’s Commentary on Hebrews 1:1-6.

Father Boylan’s Commentary on Hebrews 1:1-6. On 1-8.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Hebrews 1:1-6.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 97.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 97.

St Augustine’s Commentary on Psalm 97.

My Notes on Mark 1:14-20.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 1:14-20.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 1:14-20.

TUESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Hebrews 2:5-12.

St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on Hebrews 2:5-12. On 5-15.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Hebrews 2:5-12.

Father Boylan’s Commentary on Hebrews 2:5-12. On 5-13.

Aquinas’ Lectures on Hebrews 2:5-12. Two lectures encompassing 5-13

Navarre Bible Commentary on Hebrews 2:5-12.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 8.

St Albert the Great’s Commentary on Psalm 8.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 8.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 8.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 8.

My Notes on Psalm 8.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 1:21-28.

My Notes on Mark 1:21-28.

Catholic Scripture Manual on Mark 1:21-28.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 1:21-28.

WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Hebrews 2:14-18.

Father Boylan’s Commentary on Hebrews 2:14-18.

Aquinas’ Lecture on Hebrews 2:14-18.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Hebrews 2:14-18.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 105.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 105.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 105.

My Notes on Mark 1:29-39.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 1:29-39.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 1:29-39.

THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Hebrews 3:7-14.

Aquinas’ Lectures on Hebrews 3:7-14. Two lectures encompassing 7-19.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Hebrews 3:7-14.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 95.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 95.

A Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 95.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 95.

Father Tauton’s Commentary on Psalm 95.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 1:40-45.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 1:40-45.

My Notes on Mark 1:40-45.

Catholic Scripture Manual on Mark 1:40-45.

FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Hebrews 4:1-5, 11.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Hebrews 4:1-5, 11.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 78.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 78.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 78.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 78.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 2:1-12.

Catholic Scripture Manual on Mark 2:1-12.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 2:1-12.

SATURDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Hebrews 4:12-16.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Hebrews 4:12-16.

Father Boylan’s Commentary on Hebrews 4:12-16.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Hebrews 4:12-16.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on 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 Mark 2:13-17.

Catholic Scripture Manual on Mark 2:13-17.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 2:13-17.

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
We are in Year C

Year A: Commentaries for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Year B: Commentaries for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Year C: Commentaries for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Update on Scripture Commentaries on Romans

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 4, 2018

There is now available on this site two complete commentaries on St Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. The first, By Fr. Bernardine de Piconio has been available for some time. The second, by Fr. Charles Callan has just been completed. These, along with other commentaries on select passages can be accessed on my NOTES ON ROMANS page. This page can be accessed in the link field at the top of this blog. I will next set my sights on making available Fr. John MacEvilly’s full Commentary on Romans and, hopefully, today I will complete Fr. de Piconio’s Commentary on  Corinthians (the final chapter is not yet available).

For those interested in purchasing commentaries on Romans I would suggest the following works. All are by Catholic authors. Some are part of ecumenical series which means that other books in the series may be by non-Catholic authors. This is a list of recommendations and should not be construed as my endorsement of interpretive or theological positions taken.

The letter of St Paul to the Romans (Ignatius Study Bible Series). By Dr. Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch. An excellent Catholic introductory series on the Bible. The NT series is now complete and can be purchased in a single volume.

Invitation to the New Testament Epistles: Romans. Mary Ann Getty-Sullivan.

Romans (New Testament Message Series, Vol. 9). By Fr. Eugene Maly.

The Epistle to the Romans ((New Testament for Spiritual Reading). Karl Kertelge.

Romans (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture Series). By Dr. Scott Hahn. An outstanding commentary in a fine Catholic commentary series.

Reading Romans: A literary and Theological Commentary (Reading the New Testament, Volume 6). Luke Timothy Johnson. An ecumenical series.

Reckoning with Romans: Contemporary Reading of Paul’s Gospel. Fr. Brendan Byrne.

Galatians and Romans. Fr. Brendan Byrne.

Romans (Sacra Pagina Commentary Series). By Fr. Brendan Byrne. Somewhat technical.

Romans (Anchor Bible Commentary Series). By Fr. Joseph Fitzmyer. An ecumenical series. Technical.

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Commentaries for the Memorial of the Passion of St John the Baptist

Posted by Dim Bulb on July 4, 2018

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 128.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 128.

St Albert The Great’s Commentary on Psalm 128.

Father MacEvilly on the Martyrdom of St John the Baptist (Matt 14:1-12; Mark 6:17-29).

St Thomas Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 6:17-29.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 6:17-29.

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Scripture and the Sanctity of Human Life

Posted by Dim Bulb on June 23, 2018

The following is taken from Logos Bible Software’s Thematic Outlines Dataset. I’ve modified the content by deleting the scripture quotations which are under copyright. Links to the scripture passages in the NABRE have been provided. Logos has a Catholic division called Verbum.

Synopsis: Scripture treats human life as a divine gift and something for which humans are responsible. It is thus to be valued and respected. No human being has the right to take the life of another.

THE SANCTITY OF ALL HUMAN LIFE
It proceeds from God
It is precious to God
 
It is protected by God
 
Death is by God’s appointment
 
God prohibits unlawful taking of life
 
Romans 13:9So precious is human life that some situations which required the death penalty in the OT are dealt with differently in the NT (e.g., Jn 8:5,11).
God punishes unlawful taking of life
 
THE SANCTITY OF CHILDREN’S LIVES
Children are planned by God
 
Children are precious and to be treasured
 
Child sacrifice is opposed
 
Warnings against murder of children
 
Antenatal life is fully human
 
Luke 1:44. In these two passages Luke uses the same words here of an unborn child as he does in 2:12,16 of a newborn child and in 18:15 of little ones.
Injury to a pregnant woman is serious
 
THE SANCTITY OF OLD AGE
The old are to be respected
 
The old are to be cherished
 

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Information and Resources on St John the Baptist

Posted by Dim Bulb on June 23, 2018

Old Testament: Is 49, Ps 21:1–3, 119:46–47, Sir 48:10, Ps 8:5, 21:5, 92:12, Is 4:3–5, 40:1–3, Je 1:5, Ho 14:5, Mal 3:1, 4:5–6

New Testament: Jn 1:19–40, Mt 11:2–19, Lk 1:57–80, 11–17, Mt 3:1–6, Mk 6:17–30, Lk 1:39–44, Mt 17:10–13, Lk 7:26, Jn 3:26–36, Ac 13:24–25, Mk 1:4–8, Lk 3:1–20, 16:16, Ac 1:22, Mt 14:1–5, 3:11, 13–17, 16:14, Jn 1:6–8, 5:35, 10:40–42, Lk 7:28, Mt 21:32, Mk 2:18, 11:30–33, Lk 1:5–6, 7:21, 33, 11:1, Jn 1:15, 3:23, 5:32–33, Ac 1:5, 11:16. (Jones, Andrew, Robert Klesko, Louis St. Hilaire, and Jason Stellman, eds. Catholic Topical Index. Bellingham, WA: Verbum, 2013.)

Catechism of the Catholic Church 717-720, 523.

Dominum Et Vivicantem (The Lord and Giver of Life): # 19.

St Augustine: On the Position Given the Preaching of John the Baptist in All Four Gospels.

 

 

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Commentaries for the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 31, 2018

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Genesis 3:9-15, 20. This reading is also used for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Note that an alternate 1st reading is allowed and I have provided commentaries for it.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Genesis 3:9-15, 20.

Word-Sunday Notes on Genesis 3:9-15, 20.

Alternate 1st Reading: Acts 1:12-14.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Acts 1:12-14.

Father MacEvily’s Commentary on Acts 1:12-14.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Acts 1:12-14.

Word-Sunday Notes on Acts 1:12-14.

Homilist’s Catechism on Acts 1:12-14.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 87:1-2, 3, 5, 6, 7.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 87.

Father McSwiney’s Summary and Brief Notes on Psalm 87.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 87.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: John 19:25-34.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on John 19:25-34. On 25-42. Originally posted for Good Friday.

My Notes on John 19:25-34. On 28-37. Will try to add notes on 25-27.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on John 19:25-34. On 24b-37.

Pending: Father Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on John 19:25-34.

Pending: Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on John 19:25-34.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lectures on John 19:25-34. On 19-37. Read lectures 4 and 5.

 

 

 

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Commentaries for Lectionary Year II (Includes Commentaries for Sundays A, B, and C)

Posted by Dim Bulb on November 4, 2017

The new  Liturgical Year and Letionary Cycle began on Dec. 3, 2017 and ends on Dec. 1, 2018.

ADVENT SEASON

First Week of Advent.
Second Week of Advent.
Third Week of Advent.
Fourth Week of Advent.

CHRISTMAS SEASON TO EPIPHANY
Note: Traditionally Epiphany is celebrated on January 6. In the USA it is celebrated on the Sunday following January 6.

Dec. 25. Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Dec 24).
Dec. 25. Mass During the Night: The Nativity of the Lord (Midnight Mass).
Dec. 25. Mass at Dawn: The Nativity of the Lord.
Dec. 25. Mass During the Day: The Nativity of the Lord.

Sunday Within the Octave of Christmas (Feast of the Holy Family). If a Sunday does not fall between Dec. 26 and Dec 31 then the Feast of the Holy Family is celebrated on Dec. 30.

Dec. 26. The Feast of St Stephen, the Church’s First Martyr.
Dec. 27. The Feast of St John, Apostle and Evangelist.
Dec 28. Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs.
Dec. 29. Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas.
Dec. 30. Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas. See next note.
!!! Dec 30. Feast of the Holy Family (Non-Sunday). If a Sunday does not fall between Dec 26-31 then the Feast of the Holy Family is celebrated on this date.
Jan 1. Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
Jan. 2. Memorial of St Basil the Great and St Gregory Nanzianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church.
Jan. 3. Christmas Weekday.
Jan . 4. Memorial St Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious.
Jan. 5. Memorial of St John Nuemann, Bishop.
Jan. 6. Christmas Weekday. Traditionally this is Epiphany. In the USA the Epiphany is celebrated on the first Sunday after Jan 6. For commentary on the Epiphany readings see below, following Jan 8.
Jan. 7. Christmas Weekday. NOTE: in 2018 this date falls on the Sunday after Jan 6. IN the USA this Sunday is celebrated as the Epiphany. See the link for the Epiphany below, following Jan 8.
Jan 8.

!!! The Epiphany of the Lord.

ORDINARY TIME, INCLUDING THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
Note: Scroll down for the seasons that interrupt Ordinary Time.

First Week in Ordinary Time, Year II. Includes the Baptism of the Lord.
Second Week in Ordinary Time, Year II.
Third Week in Ordinary Time, Year II.
Fourth Week in Ordinary Time, Year II.
Fifth Week in Ordinary Time, Year II.
Sixth Week in Ordinary Time, Year II. In 2018 the Lenten season begins during this week. See LENTEN SEASON below.
Seventh Week in Ordinary Time.
Eighth Week in Ordinary Time.
Ninth Week in Ordinary Time.
Tenth Week in Ordinary Time.
Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time.
Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time.
Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time.
Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time.
Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time.
Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time.
Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time.
Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time.
Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time.
Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time.
Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time.
Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time.
Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time.
Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time.
Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time.
Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time.
Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time.
FINAL WEEK! Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time. (Includes First Sunday of Advent).

NEXT YEARS POSTS. The new lectionary year will begin December 2, 2018. At that time this new list will replace the current static post.

LENTEN SEASON

Ash Wednesday.
Thursday After Ash Wednesday.
Friday After Ash Wednesday.
Saturday After Ash Wednesday.
First Week of Lent.
Second Week of Lent.
Third Week of Lent.
Fourth Week of Lent.
Fifth Week of Lent.
Holy Week.

EASTER SEASON

Easter Sunday to Divine Mercy Sunday (Octave Week of Easter).
Second Week of Easter.
Third Week of Easter.
Fourth Week of Easter.
Fifth Week of Easter.
Sixth Week of Easter.
Seventh Week of Easter.

 

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