Commentaries for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C



Today’s Mass Readings. 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.


Link fixed. Navarre Bible Commentary on Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19.

My Notes on Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19.

Homilist’s Catechism on 1 Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15-17.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 71.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 71. Entire psalm.

Update: Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15-17.

Pending: My Notes on Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15-17.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13. Note that a shorter reading (13:4-13) is allowed.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13.

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13.

St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13. Does not include comment on 12:31.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13.

Pending (maybe): Father Rickaby’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13.

Link fixed. Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13.

Homilist’s Catechism on 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13.


Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 4:21-30.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Luke 4:21-30.

Link fixed.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 4:21-30.

Homilist’s Catechism on Luke 4:21-30.

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

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

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

Scripture Speaks. I’ve linked to the archive. Hasn’t been updated in a while.

The Bible Workshop. Links to several relevant articles, contains a reading guide to the gospel text, a comparison of the readings, suggestions for a lesson (i.e., homily).

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: Why Do People Hate a “Good Person?”. Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma reflects on the readings.

Glancing Thoughts. Reflections on the 2nd reading from philosopher Eleanore Stump.

Thoughts From The Early Church. Excerpt from St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Isaiah.

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


St Irenaeus Ministries on Jeremiah~Introduction and ch. 1 in Two Parts: click on the POD icon or the direct download link.

(Pt. 1) Background on Jeremiah. Includes treatment of chapter 1.
(Pt. 2) Outline. The call of Jeremiah in its historical context.

Father Mike’s Bible Study Podcast on Jermiah. Overview of the book of Jeremiah from a contemporary, mainstream perspective.

Father Mitch Pacwa’s Old Testament Prophets. Scroll down and listen to episode 54 which looks at Jeremiah 1.

In the Footsteps of St Paul by Fr. Mitch Pacwa. Listen to episode 9 which deals with St Paul’s teaching on love and the spiritual gifts.

St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast on Luke 3 & 4.


Catholic Mom. Appears geared towards ages 7-14.

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

Catholic Kid’s Bulletin. Downloadable. Geared towards younger children.

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

Hometown Boy Makes Good (But Gets No Respect). Sermon on today’s Gospel by Sermons 4 Kids.

Only a Carpenter’s Son. Sermon on the Gospel by Sermons 4 Kids.

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

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