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Commentaries and Resources for the First Week of Lent

Posted by Dim Bulb on November 25, 2017

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

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 C

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 and Resources for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year A

Posted by Dim Bulb on October 8, 2013

PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD, YEAR A

COMMENTARIES OF THE PROCESSION GOSPEL: Matthew 21:1-11.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 21:1-11.

Maldonado’s Commentary on Matthew 21:1-11.

Word-Sunday Notes on Matthew 21:1-11.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 21:1-11. Contains all the readings for today from both the RSV and JB followed by commentary. Scroll down.

HOMILIES ON THE PROCESSIONAL GOSPEL:

Homily on the Processional Gospel. By Bishop Bonomelli. (A.D. 1831-1914).

Homily on the Proper Reception of Holy Communion. Based on Matt 21:5, by Fr Augustine Wirth (A.D. 1828-1901).

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Isaiah 50:4-7.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 50:4-7.

Word-Sunday Notes on Isaiah 50:4-7.

Pending: Father Maas’ Commentary on Isaiah 50:4-7. On chapters 49-50.

Pending (maybe) My Notes on Isaiah 50:4-7.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 22.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 22.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 22.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 22.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 22.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 22.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Philippians 2:6-11.

First Homiletic Commentary Of St John Chrysostom on Philippains 2:6-11. Long, deeply doctrinal, many may find it difficult.

Second Homiletic Commentary of St John Chrysostom on Philippians 2:6-11. Long, less doctrinal.

Aquinas’ Lectures on Philippians 2:6-11.

Father Brnardin de Piconio’s Commentary on Philippians 2:6-11. Piconio was a 17th century scholar whose commentary enjoyed wide popularity.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Philippians 2:6-11.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Philippians 2:6-11. Father Callan was a well known biblical scholar and theologian in the first half of the 2oth century.

Notes from Word Sunday on Philippians 2:6-11. Includes popular and literal translation followed by notes.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Philippians 2:6-11.

HOMILIES ON THE SECOND READING:

Homily on Philippians 2:6-11. By Bishop Bonomelli (A.D. 18:31-1914).

Homily by St John Henry Newman. From his Parochial and Plain Sermons.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Matthew 26:1-27:66.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matt 26:1-27:66:

Post 1 (Matt 26:14-75).
Post 2 (Matt 27-66).

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 26:1-27:66. Contains all the readings for today from both the RSV and JB followed by commentary. Scroll down.

Reflecting on the Gospel for Palm Sunday. Excerpted from THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, part of a new commentary series on the NT for Catholics.

Word Sunday on Matt 26:14-27:66:

Part 1 (Matt 26:14-56).
Part 2 (Matt 26:57-27:10).
Part 3 (Matt 27:11-66).

Father Donald Senior’s Commentary on Matt 26:1-27:66:

The Gathering Storm Matthew 26:1-16
The Kairos
Matthew 26:17-35
Gethsemane Matthew 26:36-56
Jesus on Trial Matthew 26:57-27:10
The Messiah Condemned Matthew 27:11-31
The Dawn of a New Age Matthew 27:33-66

OTHER RESOURCES:

Catholic Matters. Reflections and applications based upon the readings.

Bible Study. From St Charles Borromeo Parish. Includes notes on all the readings, including the Processional Gospel.

Dr Scott Hahn Podcast. Brief, does good job of relating the readings, highlighting theme(s).

St Martha’s Podcast. Looks at the readings in some detail, especially the Gospel.

Franciscan Sister’s bible Study Podcast. Not yet available, will update.

Haydock Bible Commentary. Readings from the Douay Rheims on the left, notes from the old Haydock commentary on the right.

Father Robert Barron’s Audio Homily. Fr. Barron is a well known theologian and speaker.

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Resources and Commentaries for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A

Posted by Dim Bulb on October 6, 2013

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR A

TODAY’S READINGS:

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

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

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a.

Word-Sunday Notes on 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a. Readings from the RSVCE and the JB followed by commentary.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 23.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 23.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 23.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 23.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 23.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Commentary on Psalm 23.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 23.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Ephesians 5:8-14.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Ephesians 5:8-14.

Pending: Father Wilberforce’s Commentary on Ephesians 5:8-14.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Ephesians 5:8-14.

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Ephesians 5:8-14.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Ephesians 5:8-14.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lectures on Ephesians 5:8-14.

Word-Sunday Notes on Ephesians 5:8-14.

Excerpt: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture on Ephesians 5:8-14. On 11-14. Book Info.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: John 9:1-41 (or 9, 1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38).

Father MacIntyre’s Commentary on John 9:1-41.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on John 9:1-41.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on John 9:1-41.

Pending: Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on John 9:1-41.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on John 9:1-41.

Navarre Bible Commentary on John 9:1-41.

Word-Sunday Notes on John. Shorter reading.

SPECIAL MATERIAL ON JOHN 9:1-41.

The Figure of a Blind Man in the Light Papyrological Evidence A scholarly  article which appeared in the Journal BIBLICA in 2010Scrool down below the abstract for the text. Requires Greek font download. See “font instructions” in the left sidebar.

To Worship the Johannine ‘Son of Man.’ John 9:38 as Refocusing on the Father. Another scholarly article from BIBLICA. Also requires a Greek font download.

GENERAL RESOURCES ON ONE OR ALL THE READINGS:

St Charles Borromeo Parish Sunday Bible Study. Notes on all readings.

Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological background.

Sacred Page Blog: The Good Shepherd and True Sight. Catholic biblical scholar Dr. Michael Barber’s commentary and reflections on the readings.

PODCASTS:

Dr Scott Hahn Podcast. Brief, does good job of highlighting the themes of the reading.

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

Franciscan Sisters Bible Study Podcast. Usually posted on Thursdays. Looks at all the readings.

Father Robert Barron’s Audio Homily. Fr. Barron is a well known and respected theologian and speaker.

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Resources and Commentaries for the Third Sunday of Lent, Year A

Posted by Dim Bulb on October 6, 2013

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR A

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Exodus 17:3-7.

My Notes on Exodus 17:3-7.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Exodus 17:3-7.

Word-Sunday Notes on Exodus 17:3-7.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 95.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 95.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 95.

Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 95.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 95.

Father Tauton’s Commentary on Psalm 95.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 95.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Romans 5:1-2, 5-8.

Bernardin de Piconio’s Commentary on Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 This post is on 5:1-11.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Romans 5:1-2, 5-8.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Romans 5:1-2, 5-8.

Word-Sunday Notes on Romans 5:1-2, 5-8.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Romans 5:1-2, 5-8.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: John 4:5-42 (or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42).

Father MacIntyre’s Commentary on John 4:5-42.

Fathers Nolan’s and Brown’s Commentary on John 4:5-42.

St Augustine’s Tractate on John 4:5-42. On 1-42.

St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentaries on John 4:5-42. Several homilies.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on John 4:5-42.

Word-Sunday Notes on John 4:5-42. Shorter reading.

Navarre Bible Commentary on John 4:5-42.

Pending: GENERAL RESOURCES:

PODCASTS:

Dr. Scott Hahn Podcast. Brief. Does a good job of relating the readings and highlighting the theme (s).

St Martha’s Podcast. Usually examines all the readings in some detail.

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

Dr. Tim Gray on John 4.

Father Barron’s Audio Homily. Brief homily by a respected theologian.

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(UPDATED)Resources and Commentaries for the Second Sunday of Lent, Year A

Posted by Dim Bulb on October 6, 2013

Update: A section entitled “Suggestions for Preaching, Reflection, and Further Study has been added below the Commentaries on the Gospel reading. The section “General Resources” has also been added.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Genesis 12:1-4a.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Genesis 12:1-4a.

Word-Sunday Notes on Genesis 12:1-4a.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 33.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 33.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 33.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 33.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 33.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 33.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 2 Timothy 1:8b-10.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 2 Timothy 1:8b-10.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on 2 Timothy 1:8b-10.

St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on 2 Timothy 1:8b-10. On 8-12

Navarre Bible Commentary on 2 Timothy 1:8b-10.

Word-Sunday Notes on 2 Timothy 1:8b-10.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Matthew 17:1-9.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 17:1-9.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matthew 17:1-9.

Juan de Maldonado’s Commentary on Matthew 17:1-9.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 17:1-9.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 17:1-9.

St Augustine’s Homily on Matthew 17:1-9.

St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on Matthew 17:1-9. On 16:28-17:9

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 17:1-9.

Word-Sunday Notes on Matthew 17:1-9.

SUGGESTIONS FOR PREACHING, REFLECTION, FURTHER STUDY:
See also the General Resources section below.

1). The Mercy of God: Abraham was called and promised a great name because of God’s mercy, for He wished to begin reversing the  the punishment mankind brought upon itself when it sought to make a name for itself (see the first reading, Gen 12:1-4 in connection with Gen 11:1-32). Believers, who have been called to holiness (2nd reading) have in the example of God’s call to Abraham a solid foundation for hope in His mercy (Psalm). The same foundation is found in Christ’s action, for he called Peter, James and John to witness the future glory He would have as a result of His Passion, even though they did not, and could not, understand it at the time (Gospel reading, Mt 17:1-11 in conjunction with Mt 16:21-23 and Mt 20:17-23).

2. The Unity of the Law, the Prophets, and the Gospel. See especially in the Gospel reading the references to the Moses (law), Elijah (Prophets), and the command to hear Jesus (Gospel).  See CCC 121-130. See this brief sermon by St Augustine. Consider also the function of the Law in relation to the promises to Abraham as fulfilled in Christ and, through Him, fulfilled in us (Gal 3:7-4:7).

3. The Stages of Revelation Culminates in Jesus Christ. See CCC 53-65.

4. Doctrinal Homily Outline. Give the central idea, doctrinal application, practical application.

5. Sermon of St Alphonsus Ligouri on Matthew 17:4. The glories of heaven make insignificant the sufferings of the present life. Paragraphs 2, 9 & 10 relates well to what the 2nd reading has to say about the hardship of the Gospel and the strength that comes from God.

6. Sermon of St Augustine on the Transfiguration. Paragraph 3, and especially 6, relates well to the theme of hardship in the second reading (and see number 4 above). Paragraphs 2, 4 & 5 highlight the surpassing greatness of Christ/Gospel in comparison to the Law and the Prophets (see numbers 2 & 3 above).

7. Pope St Leo the Great’s Homily on the Transfiguration. Deals with the following points: Peter’s confession of faith and failure to understand the significance of the Passion leads to the Transfiguration (# I-II). Object and meaning of the Transfiguration (# III). Significance of the appearing of Moses and Elijah (# IV). St Peter’s Suggestion contrary to the divine order (# V). The import of the Father’s voice from the cloud (# VI). Who it is that we have to hear (# VII). The Father’s words have a universal application to the Church (# VIII).

General Resources:

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

Let the Scriptures Speak. Brief but informative. Focuses on the significance of the call of Abraham.

Lector Works. 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.

Scripture in Depth. Succinct look at the readings.

St Charles Borromeo Parish Bible Study Notes.

Pending: Podcasts:

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Resources and Commentaries for the 1st Sunday of Lent, Year A

Posted by Dim Bulb on October 6, 2013

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR A

READINGS:

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

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

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING:

Word-Sunday Notes on Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7. Scroll down slightly.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 51.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Today’s Responsorial  (Ps 51).

St Augustine’s Notes on Today’s Responsorial (Ps 51).

St John Fisher’s Sermons on Today’s Responsorial (Ps 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 Today’s Responsorial (Ps 51).

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Today’s Responsorial (Ps 51).

St Albert the Great’s Commentary on Today’s Responsorial (Ps 51).

Word-Sunday Notes on Today’s Responsorial (Ps 51).

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Romans 5:12-19 (or 5:12, 17-19).

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Romans 5:12-19. Actually, this post includes comments on verses 20-21.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Romans 5:12-19.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lectures on Romans 5:12-19.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Romans 5:12-19.

Word-Sunday Notes on Romans 5:12-19.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Romans 5:12-19.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Matthew 4:1-11.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matt 4:1-11.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matt 4:1-11.

Juan de Maldonado’s Commentary on Matt 4:1-11.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matt 4:1-11.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Matt 4:1-11.

Word-Sunday Notes on Matt 4:1-11.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 4:1-11.

GENERAL RESOURCES:

Today’s Lenten Meditation by St Thomas Aquinas. Based upon Matt 4:1-11.

Liturgical Bible Study. A power point presentation includes scripture text, helpful comments and reflections.

The Sacred Page Blog: Overcoming Temptations. Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma’s commentary and reflections on the readings.

Catholic Matters. Readings with brief explanations.

Gospel Meditation.

Lector Notes. Gives brief historical and theological background. Can be printed out and used as bulletin insert.

Thoughts From the Early Church. Excerpt from St Gregory Nazianzen.

Scripture in Depth.

Today’s Good News. Gospel text followed by brief commentary.

PODCASTS:

Dr. Scott Hahn Podcast. Brief, does a good job of highlighting major theme(s).

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

Franciscan Sisters Bible Study Podcast. They usually post the episodes on Thursday.

Father Robert Barron’s Homily. Fr. Barron is a well known and respected theologian and preacher.

LENTEN ISSUES:

THE FOLLOWING 5 LINKS ARE TO ONLINE BOOKS. YOU CAN USE THE SITE’S ZOOM FEATURE (Magnifying glass with + sign) TO INCREASE TEXT SIZE FOR EASIER READING.

On The Necessity and Utility of Fasting. Online book

Jesus Fasts and Overcomes Satan. Online book

The Assaults of Satan and the means of rendering them ineffectual. Online book

What Weapons We Must Use to Overcome Satan. Online Book

The Duty and Value of Fasting. Online book

Pope St Gregory the Great’s Homily on the Gospel.

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Commentaries and Resources for Ash Wednesday

Posted by Dim Bulb on October 6, 2013

READINGS AND OFFICE:

Today’s Mass Readings (Lectionary). Used in the U.S.A.

Today’s Mass Readings (NJB). Used in most English speaking countries

Today’s Mass Readings (RSVCE). Not approved for liturgical usage in USA (some exceptions).

Today’s Divine Office.

SUGGESTED THEMES FOR PREACHING, STUDY OR MEDITATION:

The responsorial provides an obvious theme: “Be merciful, O lord, for we have sinned.” The verse before the Gospel connects with all three readings and the responsorial: “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (cf., Ps 95:8), emphasizes the note of immediacy and necessity of repenting in the first two readings: “Even now, says the Lord, return to me…” (Joel 2:12). “Now is the acceptable time…Now is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2).  The proclamation of–and the need for–repentance and reconciliation dominates the first and second readings.  Hearing the voice of the Lord is equivalent to hearing the proclamation: “Says the Lord” (Joel 2:12). “We implore you on behalf of Christ” (2 Cor 5:20). The call to “harden not your hearts” provides a nice preface to the Gospel reading which emphasizes pure intentions (i.e., purity of heart. See CCC 1430, 2608).

GENERAL RESOURCES:

(1) Celebrating Gos’s Word: The Time of Lent. Historical background.

(2) Celebrating God’s Word: Commentaries for Ash Wednesday. By Italian biblical scholar Fr. Fernando Armellini. Scroll down for English text.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Joel 2:12-18.

My Brief Introduction to Joel Chapters 1 and 2. Includes some suggested resources for further study (some free and online. Some for sale).

My Notes on Joel 2:12-18.

Word-Sunday Notes on Joel 2:12-18.

Update: Living Space Commentary on Joel 2:12-18. Includes Comments on the second reading as well.

Navarre Commentary on Joel 2:12-18.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17.

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.

St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 51.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 51.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2.

Bernardin de Piconio’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2.

Word-Sunday Notes on 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2.

Update: Living Space Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2. Includes commentary on the first reading.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.

My Notes on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.

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

Word-Sunday Notes on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.

Update: Living Space Commentary on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.

Update: Daily Gospel: St Peter Chrysologus on the Gospel. Click link on site.

Navarre Commentary on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.

GENERAL RESOURCES: sites that usually deal with the readings as a whole (with some occasional specialty studies). Commentaries on individual readings are listed further below.

Video: Biblical Roots of Ash Wednesday. By Catholic biblical scholar Dr. Brant Pitre.

An Ash Wednesday Meditation From St Thomas Aquinas.

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

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

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Psalm 51,

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2. On 4:1-6:11. Click on POD icon or the direct download link.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18. On chapters 4:12-7:29. Clcik on POD icon or direct download link.

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