Year C: Palm Sunday Commentaries


St Cyril of Alexandria’s Homiletic Commentary on Luke 19:28-40.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 19:28-40.

Sacred Page Blog: The Jewish Roots of Palm Sunday and the Passion (on Luke 19:28-40). Catholic biblical scholar Dr. Brant Pitre with some very interesting stuff on the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 22.

A Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 22. Pdf document. The commentary on the text actually begins near the bottom of page 2. What precedes the actual commentary is a presentation of the various uses made of the Psalm in the ancient liturgies and, also, the various antiphons used.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 22.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Psalm 22. Latin and English side by side.


Father de Piconio’s Commentary on Philippians 2:6-11. On 1-11.

(1) St John Chrysostom’s First Homiletic on Philippians 2:6-11.

(2) St John Chrysostom’s Second Homiletic on Philippians 2:6-11.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Philippians 2:6-11. On 1-11.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Commentary on Philippians 2:6-11.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Philippians 2:6-11.

Word Sunday’s Notes on Philippians 2:6-11.

Haydock Bible Commentary on Philippians 2:6-11.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Luke 22:14-23:56. A shorter reading, Luke 23:1-49 is allowed .

Navarre Bible Commentary on Luke 22:14-23:56.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Luke 22:14-23:56 in Seven Parts:

1. on Luke 22:1-16.
2. On Luke 22:17-30.
3. On Luke 22:31-38.
4. On Luke 22:39-53.
5. On Luke 22:54-71.
6. On Luke 23:1-31.
7. On Luke 23:32-43. The last part of this homily has not come down to us.  Likewise, the last few homilies in this series (on verses 44-56) have survived only in fragments, which I have included in this post.

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Luke 22:14-23:56.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 22:14-23:56 in Six Parts.

1. Jesus and the Disciples at the Last Supper (Luke 22:14-38).
2. Jesus Agony, Betrayal, Arrest, Peter’s Denial and Repentance (Luke 22:39-62).
3. Mockery, Trials, Sentence of Death (Luke 22:63-23:65).
4. The Way of the Cross (Luke 23:26-32).
5. Crucifixion and Death (Luke 23:33-49).
6. The Burial of Jesus (Luke 23:50-56).

FATHER DONALD SENIOR ON THE PASSION ACCORDING TO LUKE IN SIX PARTS: A Synopsis of his famous study The Passion of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.

1. The last Supper Luke 22:1-38.
2. The Hour of Darkness Luke 22:39-65.
3. Jesus on Trial Luke 22:66-23:25.
4. The Way of the Cross Luke 23:26-32.
5. The Death of the Just Man Luke 23:33-49.
6. Death and Victory Luke 23:50-56. The scripture text is misidentified as Luke 22:1-38.

Word Sunday’s Notes on the Shorter Reading in Two Parts:

Part 1. Luke 23:1-25.
Part 2. Luke 23:26-49.

GENERAL RESOURCES: On one or more of the readings.

Video~The Passion and Death of Jesus. Catholic biblical scholar Dr. Brant Pitre.

Doctrinal Homily Outlines. 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.

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’s Parish Bible Study Notes.

Jesus Cheered, Then Killed. Blog post by Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma.

Let the Scripture Speak: Notes for Passion Sunday. By Catholic biblical scholar Dr. Dennis Hamm S.J.

Historical Cultural Context: The Passion of Jesus. Catholic biblical scholar John J. Pilch.

Thoughts From the Early Church: St Cyril of Alexandria on Isaiah.

Scripture in Depth.


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