Commentaries for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

TODAY’S MASS READINGS:

Readings from the NABRE.

Readings from the NJB.

THEMES, HOMILY SUGGESTIONS AND RESOURCES FOR THEM: Other themes may be given in connection with the commentaries listed further below.

HUMILITY. From the Glossary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: The virtue by which a Christian acknowledges that God is the author of all good. Humility avoids inordinate ambition or pride, and provides the foundation for turning to God in prayer (2559). Voluntary humility can be described as “poverty of spirit” (2546).[Catholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church. 2nd Ed. Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference, 2000.]

The Rule of St Benedict on Humility. A short chapter treating of the twelve steps or grades of humility

Catholic Encyclopedia on Humility.

Summa of Theology on Humility.

Catholic Encyclopedia on Pride.

Summa of Theology on Pride.

Some Scripture Related to Humility and Pride. Grouped under various headings.

BEATITUDES:From the Glossary of the CCC: The teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount on the meaning and way to true happiness (cf. Mt 5:1–12; Lk 6:20–23). These teachings reflect the promises made to the chosen people since Abraham; they portray the countenance of Christ and describe his charity. Moreover, by shedding light on the actions and attitudes characteristic of the Christian life, they describe the vocation of all the faithful (1716) [Catholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church. 2nd Ed. Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference, 2000.] For more on the beatitudes one can profitably consult the CCC 1716-1729. [Catholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church. 2nd Ed. Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference, 2000.]

Catholic Encyclopedia on the Beatitudes.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Zephaniah 2:3, 3:12-13. Suggested theme: The Anger of God~caused by idolatry, syncretism, apostasy (Zeph 1:4-6), superstition (Zeph 1:9); overconfidence and complacency in moral turpitude (Zeph 1:12, Jer 48:11). St Paul, in the same epistle from which today’s second reading comes gives a list at 1 Cor 6:9-10; see also 1 Cor 10:8-11. Note that unworthy reception of the Eucharist brings judgment (1 Cor 11:27-34).

My Brief Overview of the Book of Zephaniah.

Word-Sunday Notes on Zephaniah 2:3, 3:12-13.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Zephaniah 2:3, 3:12-13.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 146. Suggested themes God defends  and cares for his people (Isa 41:10-12), especially the most vulnerable (Ps 10:17-18). He provides for them (Phil 4:19; Ps 91:9-13; 121:3-8; Isa 46:4; 2 Pet 1:3).

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 146.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 146.

A Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 146.

Pseudo-Albert the Great’s Commentary on Psalm 146.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 146.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. See above, number 1 under themes.

Father de Piconio’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.

Father Callan’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.

Word-Sunday Notes on 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.

Navarre Bible Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Matthew 5:1-12a. See above, number 2 under themes.

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

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

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

Update: Father Callan’s Commentary on Matthew 5:1-12.

Update: St Leo the Great’s Sermon on Matthew 5:1-12. On 1-9.

Update: St Augustine’s Sermon on Matthew 5:3, 8.

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

Word-Sunday Notes on Matthew 5:1-12.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Matthew 5:1-12.

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