January 20, 2013: Studies and Meditations on this Sundays Scripture Readings


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To help us prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings, studies and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study on the Sunday Readings can be found here.

Here are three short audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn, and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast (each about an hour long) from the Franciscan Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. The sister leading the study does a really nice job using primarily, I believe, the notes from the St. Charles Borromeo study linked below.
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The Navarre Bible Commentary* for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, Catholic Matters can be found here, the Catena Aurea ("Golden Chain") of St. Thomas Aquinas can be found here, and the Haydock Commentary can be found here.

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Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

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Thanks for providing this.

Another good source for Biblical commentary, though I don’t know of it being available on the internet or organized according to the liturgical readings, is the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. I recently obtained its New Testament and overall I’m very impressed.


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Thank you. I was aware of some, but not all of the links you provided.


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Thank you. I was aware of some, but not all of the links you provided.

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You're welcome! :)


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Another good resource from Dr. John Bergsma at the Sacred Page:

The Bridegroom Revealed: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time


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From the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. Reflecting on First Corinthians for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

From First Corinthians by George T. Montague, SM, commenting on 12:4-6:

Here Paul describes these “spirituals” (pneumatika; 12:1) by three other terms: they are “charisms” (charismata, translated here as spiritual gifts), different forms of service, and different workings. A fourth term is used in verse 7, “manifestation of the Spirit.” Each depicts a different aspect of one and the same phenomenon. On the one hand, they are gifts, not something one produces by one’s own efforts, and hence we should be careful not to equate them with acquired skills, although the gift could bring a new and Spirit-filled anointing to such abilities. A musical ability could, for example, become a gift of the Spirit to the degree that it is placed lovingly at the service of the community, so that it is no longer entertainment but a ministry that truly builds up the body and is recognized as such (see 14:26).

That the gifts are different forms of service indicates that they are not given primarily for the benefit of the individual, though if a gift is a work of the Spirit, there would normally be a good effect in the one exercising the gift, as Paul will later say about praying in tongues (14:4). Nor are they given to establish a spiritual ranking or elitism. Rather, they are given for the good of the community and should be governed by that purpose. Different workings refers to activities that take place in the community and that are inspired by God.


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[quote="Aelred_Minor, post:2, topic:311817"]
Thanks for providing this.

Another good source for Biblical commentary, though I don't know of it being available on the internet or organized according to the liturgical readings, is the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. I recently obtained its New Testament and overall I'm very impressed.

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Hi Aelred. You are very welcome. :)

Yes, the ICSB is the best Catholic New Testament study Bible out there, and I use it quite a bit to prepare my studies. The books of Genesis and Exodus are also available, and I hope to see the entire ICSB in the not too distant future.

You're correct in thinking it is not available online and, as far as I know, there's no liturgical guide keyed to it (unlike, for example, the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, referenced in a previous post).


#8

Here are audio and video presentations of meditations and commentary of the Sunday readings by Scripture scholar, Fr. Francis Martin:

The Word Proclaimed Ministries


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