Sunday, September 1, 2013

Lectionary Commentary - Introduction and Index

Servant of the Word
Lectionary Commentary


Old Testament Index

New Testament Index


Index of Biblical Texts

Index of Psalms and Canticles

General Calendar -Proper of Seasons Index 
(Volume I of the Lectionary for Mass [Sundays, Solemnities and Feasts of the Lord])

General Calendar - Index of Texts for Weekdays  
(Volumes II & III of the Lectionary for Mass)

General Calendar – Propers of Saints Index [In the Dioceses of the United States]
(Volumes II & III of the Lectionary for Mass)

Volume IV Index (Texts for Commons, Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs, Votive Masses and Masses for the Dead)

Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary (under construction)

Liturgical Calendar and Ordo (from Universalis)

Frequently Asked Questions 

This commentary was originally written in the form of a daily exercise in exegesis. It is not a scholarly work but rather an attempt by a simple minister of the Church to capture a glimpse of the Lord as he reveals Himself in the Word. The scope of this work was to develop a set of commentaries and reflections for all three Sunday Cycles (A, B, & C), Years I & II of the Daily Readings and the Feasts, Solemnities, and Memorials celebrated by the Church. I began writing on February 1, 2006 and through various iterations in format continue to this day.

I have completed the original goal with the exception of combinations of dates and assigned readings that have not occurred. I was asked by a reader if there was a place to find all of what I had written based on the book of the Bible in which the passage occurred. This started me on the path I now follow.

I have relied heavily on a number of references as I examined the daily readings in the Lectionary for Mass. These include; The Jerome Biblical Commentary (1966 Edition), The Navarre Bible, and The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament. I have attempted to cite these works in the footnotes when I borrowed significant sections.

This commentary is a work in progress! I started compiling the daily commentaries at the beginning of Advent 2010. It is my way of helping my brothers and sisters who, like me have a love of the Sacred Scripture and wish to have a systematic resource for delving more deeply into the use made of it in liturgy. The major indexes were completed by January 2014.

I point out that I am NOT a scripture scholar and there are, no doubt, errors, both typographical and factual in what I have written. I am trying to review each passage as it is included but that is a challenging task given the volume and complexity of cross referencing and indexing that must be done. I invite you who are using this text to notify me when these errors are found and I will correct them.

One final note about the inclusion of the readings. The USCCB holds the copyrights for the New American Bible and I was denied permission to re-publish these readings unless I entered an agreement with them and charged an appropriate fee. I understand the need for this stance and my Bishop has indicated that fees for re-publishing the readings is a needed source of income for the USCCB’s work. For this reason, this commentary is restricted to private individuals and Clergy. The readings may not be published for general distribution without permission of USCCB. My commentary and reflections on the other hand I offer as a gift from God to God and his servants.

Structure and Contents
The Servant of the Word Project has five parts; The Supplemental BenchThe Memorial BenchServant of the Word (originally titled Deacon’s Bench), Servant of the Word II (SOW II) and the SOW II Commentary.

The Supplemental Bench is a repository for the readings as they are found in the Lectionary for Mass. These readings also contain “back links” to the entries in either Servant of the Word or Servant of the Word II sections. Most entries in this section are also found at temporary links at the USCCB and Universalis (Universalis is the source for the readings as found in the Jerusalem Bible). The temporary links “time out” after a short period of time.

The Memorial Bench is a compellation or readings, commentaries and reflections on Feasts, Solemnities, and Memorials. When there are multiple options offered for a given day, this is where the second or third options reside.

Servant of the Word is the public Blog where I initially published. As you can see from the final entry, I was asked to stop publishing the Lectionary readings in this domain. The Servant of the Word II is the private continuation of the daily commentaries and reflections. It is not searchable and therefore not useful as a reference volume.

The SOW II Commentary is a synthesis of the commentaries coupled with a “wired” index to the readings along with a second “wired” index to the Psalms and Canticles. The Commentary is broken down into Old Testament and New Testament. Each Book entry contains the complete index for references to that Book of the Bible as used in the Lectionary for Mass. Each sub-entry contains all of the references to that particular entry and is linked through the “Context” heading to the Supplemental Bench or the Memorial Bench.

A Note on Hypertext Links to the NAB

On August 9th 2011, the USCCB launched a new version of its on-line New American Bible.  This new version reduced the function all of the scripture links in the SOW Commentary.  When they were first inserted, they took the reader to the Book, Chapter, and Verse of the citation.  In their older form, they now only go to Book and Chapter.  I am in the process of re-entering all of these links in the new format.  Please bear with me; it is a long process and there are no short cuts.

I do not know if this work will ever find its way into the hands of the students of the word or preachers of the word for which it is intended because of the copyright issues. For anyone able to use it in its present form and location I invite you to share my love affair with scripture and the Church and to use this work to the greater glory of God, its true author.

Pax,

Deacon Jim Miles
St. Thomas the Apostle Church
Diocese of Lansing
Ann Arbor, Michigan

GENERAL CALENDAR PROPER OF THE SEASONS INDEX

GENERAL CALENDAR PROPER OF THE SEASONS INDEX
(Volume I of the Lectionary for Mass)

SEASON OF ADVENT

First Sunday of Advent
(1A) Cycle A  (2B) Cycle B  (3C) Cycle C

Second Sunday of Advent
(4A) Cycle A  (5B) Cycle B  (6C) Cycle C

Third Sunday of Advent
(7A) Cycle A  (8B) Cycle B  (9C) Cycle C

Fourth Sunday of Advent
(10A) Cycle A  (11B) Cycle B  (12C) Cycle C

SEASON OF CHRISTMAS

December 25
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)



(15ABC) Mass at Dawn


(17ABC) Sunday Within the Octave of Christmas
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph[1]

Note for weekdays during the Octave of Christmas see General Calendar for Weekdays

(18ABC) January 1
The Octave Day of Christmas
The Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Mother of God



(21ABC) Sunday After January 6
The Baptism of the Lord
(First Sunday in Ordinary Time)[2]

SEASON OF LENT

First Sunday of Lent
(22A) Cycle A  (23B) Cycle B  (24C) Cycle C

 Second Sunday of Lent
(25A) Cycle A  (26B) Cycle B  (27C) Cycle C

Third Sunday of Lent
(28A) Cycle A  (29B) Cycle B  (30C) Cycle C

Fourth Sunday of Lent
(31A) Cycle A  (32B) Cycle B  (33C) Cycle C

Fifth Sunday of Lent
(34A) Cycle A  (35B) Cycle B  (36C) Cycle C

HOLY WEEK

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

At the Procession with Palms
(37A) Cycle A  (37B) Cycle B  (37C) Cycle C

(38ABC) At the Mass

Note for weekdays during Holy Week see General Calendar for Weekdays

EASTER TRIDUUM AND SEASON OF EASTER

[260ABC] Chrism Mass

Easter Triduum

(39ABC) Holy Thursday


Season of Easter

(41ABC) Easter Sunday
The Resurrection of the Lord
At the Easter Vigil
In the Holy Night of Easter

(42ABC) Easter Sunday
The Resurrection of the Lord
The Mass of Easter Day

Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)
(43A) Cycle A  (44B) Cycle B  (45C) Cycle C

Third Sunday of Easter
(46A) Cycle A  (47B) Cycle B  (48C) Cycle C

Fourth Sunday of Easter
(49A) Cycle A  (50B) Cycle B  (51C) Cycle C

Fifth Sunday of Easter
(52A) Cycle A  (53B) Cycle B  (54C) Cycle C

Sixth Sunday of Easter
(55A) Cycle A  (56B) Cycle B  (57C) Cycle C

(58A B C) The Ascension of the Lord

Seventh Sunday of Easter
(59A) Cycle A  (60B) Cycle B  (61C) Cycle C

(62ABC) Pentecost Sunday

(63A B C) Pentecost Sunday
Mass During the Day

ORDINARY TIME

ABC First Sunday in Ordinary Time
The First Sunday in Ordinary Time is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  See (21ABC) above.

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
(64A) Cycle A  (65B) Cycle B  (66C) Cycle C

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
(67A) Cycle A  (68B) Cycle B  (69C) Cycle C

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(70A) Cycle A  (71B) Cycle B  (72C) Cycle C

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(73A) Cycle A  (74B) Cycle B  (75C) Cycle C

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(76A) Cycle A  (77B) Cycle B  (78C) Cycle C

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
(79A) Cycle A  (80B) Cycle B  (81C) Cycle C *

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(82A) Cycle A  (83B) Cycle B*  (84C) Cycle C

Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(85A) Cycle A  (86B) Cycle B*  (87C) Cycle C

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(88A) Cycle A  (89B) Cycle B* (90C) Cycle C

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
(91A) Cycle A  (92B) CycleB  (93C) Cycle C

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(94A) Cycle A* (95B) Cycle B  (96C) Cycle C

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(97A) Cycle A  (98B) Cycle B  (99C) Cycle C

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(100A) Cycle A  (101B) Cycle B  (102C) Cycle C

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(103A) Cycle A  (104B) Cycle B  (105C) Cycle C

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(106A) Cycle A  (107B) Cycle B  (108C) Cycle C

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(109A) Cycle A  (110B) Cycle B  (111C) Cycle C

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(112A) Cycle A  (113B) Cycle B  (114C) Cycle C

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(115A) Cycle A  (116B) Cycle B  (117C) Cycle C

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(118A) Cycle A  (119B) Cycle B  (120C) Cycle C

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
(121A) Cycle A  (122B) Cycle B  (123C) Cycle C

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
(124A) Cycle A  (125B) Cycle B  (126C) Cycle C

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
(127A) Cycle A  (128B) Cycle B  (129C) Cycle C

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(130A) Cycle A  (131B) Cycle B  (132C) Cycle C

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(133A) Cycle A  (134B) Cycle B  (135C) Cycle C

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(136A) Cycle A  (137B) Cycle B  (138C) Cycle C

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
(139A) Cycle A  (140B) Cycle B  (141C) Cycle C

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(142A) Cycle A  (143B) Cycle B  (144C) Cycle C

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(145A) Cycle A  (146B) Cycle B  (147C) Cycle C

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(148A) Cycle A  (149B) Cycle B  (150C) Cycle C

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
(151A) Cycle A  (152B) Cycle B  (153C) Cycle C

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
(154A) Cycle A  (155B) Cycle B  (156C) Cycle C

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
(157A) Cycle A  (158B) Cycle B  (159C) Cycle C

Thirty-fourth or Last Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King
(160A) Cycle A  (161B) Cycle B  (162C) Cycle C

(162) Alleluia Verses For Sundays in Ordinary Time
Note: these verses are not included in the commentary.

SOLEMNITIES OF THE LORD
DURING ORDINARY TIME

Note: these selections do not include the sequences (if assigned) in the Lectionary for Mass

Sunday After Pentecost
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
(164A) Cycle A  (165B) Cycle B  (166C) Cycle C

Sunday After Trinity Sunday
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
(167A) Cycle A  (168B) Cycle B  (169C) Cycle C

Friday After the Second Sunday After Pentecost
The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
(170A) Cycle A  (171B) Cycle B  (172C) Cycle C

(173-174) Common Texts For Sung Responsorial Psalms
Note: these texts are not indexed here.  See Index of Psalms and Cantacles


OCTAVE OF EASTER


SOLEMNITIES AND FEASTS OF THE LORD AND THE SAINTS
Note: This information is also found the General Calendar of the Proper of Saints

FEBRUARY 2
MARCH 19
MARCH 25
JUNE 23/24
VIGIL
JUNE 24
MASS DURING THE DAY
JUNE 28/29
VIGIL
JUNE 29
MASS DURING THE DAY
AUGUST 6
FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
[614A] Cycle A [614B] Cycle B [614C] Cycle C
AUGUST 14/15
VIGIL
AUGUST 15
SEPTEMBER 14
NOVEMBER 1
NOVEMBER 2
NOVEMBER 9
DECEMBER 8


* Commentary only – No reflection has been written since the day is frequently superseded by Feast Days. Commentary can be found using the SOW II Lectionary Index. As time permits I’ll remove these (*).





[1] When a Sunday does not occur between December 25 and January 1, this feast is celebrated on December 30 with only one reading before the Gospel.
[2] In dioceses where Epiphany is transferred to a Sunday that falls on January 7 or 8, the Baptism of the Lord is transferred to the Monday immediately following.  Only on reading before the Gospel is used.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Commentary Index – The Commons

Commentary Index – The Commons

The texts contained in these sections are for use on memorials where not proper texts are designated.








Monday, August 5, 2013

General Calendar – Propers of Saints Index

General Calendar – Propers of Saints Index [In the Dioceses of the United States]
January

JANUARY 2

JANUARY 4
[In the Dioceses of the United States]
510A SAINT ELIZABETH ANN SETON, RELIGIOUS
MEMORIAL
From the Common of Holy Men and Women: For Religious

JANUARY 5
[in the Dioceses of the United States]
510B SAINT JOHN NEUMANN, BISHOP MEMORIAL

JANUARY 6
[in the Dioceses of the United States]
5IOC BLESSED ANDRE BESSETTE, RELIGIOUS
From the Common of Holy Men and Women: For Religious

JANUARY 7

JANUARY 13

JANUARY 17

JANUARY 20

JANUARY 21

JANUARY 22

JANUARY 24

JANUARY 25

JANUARY 26

JANUARY 27

JANUARY 28

JANUARY 31

February

FEBRUARY 2

FEBRUARY 3

FEBRUARY 5

FEBRUARY 6

FEBRUARY 8

FEBRUARY 10

FEBRUARY 11

FEBRUARY 14

FEBRUARY 17

FEBRUARY 21

FEBRUARY 22

FEBRUARY 23

March

MARCH 3
536A SAINT KATHERINE DREXEL, VIRGIN*

[in the Dioceses of the United States]

MARCH 4

MARCH 7

MARCH 8

MARCH 9

MARCH 17

MARCH 18

MARCH 19

MARCH 23

MARCH 25

April

APRIL 2

APRIL 4

APRIL 5

APRIL 7

APRIL 11

APRIL 13

APRIL 21

APRIL 23

APRIL 24

APRIL 25

APRIL 28

APRIL 29

APRIL 30

May

MAY 1

MAY 2

MAY 3

MAY 10
561A SAINT DAMIEN JOSEPH DE VEUSTER OF MOLAKA’I, PRIEST
[In the Dioceses of the United States]

MAY 12

MAY 14

MAY 15
564A SAINT ISIDORE
[In the Dioceses of the United States]


MAY 20

MAY 25

MAY 26

MAY 27

MAY 31

SATURDAY FOLLOWING THE SECOND SUNDAY
AFTER PENTECOST

June

JUNE 1

JUNE 2

JUNE 3

JUNE 5

JUNE 6

JUNE 9

JUNE 11

JUNE 13

JUNE 19

JUNE 21

JUNE 22

JUNE 23/24
VIGIL

JUNE 24
MASS DURING THE DAY

JUNE 27

JUNE 28

JUNE 28/29
VIGIL

JUNE 29
MASS DURING THE DAY

JUNE 30

July

JULY 1
592A BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA, PRIEST
[In the Dioceses of the United States]
From the Common of Pastors: For Missionaries, or the Common of Holy Men and Women: For Religious

JULY 3

JULY 4
594A INDEPENDENCE DAY
[In the Dioceses of the United States]
From Masses for Various needs and Occasions, II. For Civil Needs: 13. For the Nation, nos. 882-886, or 14. For Peace and Justice, nos. 887-891[1]

JULY 5

JULY 6

JULY 11

JULY 13

JULY 14
In the United States this memorial is transferred to July 18 601A

JULY 14
[In the Dioceses of the United States]

JULY 15

JULY 16

JULY 18
In the United States this memorial is transferred from July 14 599
JULY 21

JULY 22

JULY 23
JULY 25

JULY 26

JULY 29

JULY 30

JULY 31

August

AUGUST 1

AUGUST 2

AUGUST 2

AUGUST 4

AUGUST 5

AUGUST 6

AUGUST 7

AUGUST 8

AUGUST 10

AUGUST 11


AUGUST 12
[In the Dioceses of the United States]

AUGUST 13


AUGUST 14/15
VIGIL

AUGUST 15

AUGUST 16

AUGUST 19

AUGUST 20

AUGUST 21

AUGUST 22

AUGUST 23

AUGUST 24

AUGUST 25

AUGUST 27
632 SAINT MONICA MEMORIAL

AUGUST 28

AUGUST 29

September

SEPTEMBER 3

SEPTEMBER 8

SEPTEMBER 9
636A SAINT PETER CLAVER, PRIEST AND RELEGIOUS MEMORIAL
[In the Dioceses of the United States]
From the Common of Pastors: For Missionaries

SEPTEMBER 13

SEPTEMBER 14

SEPTEMBER 15

SEPTEMBER 16

SEPTEMBER 17

SEPTEMBER 19


SEPTEMBER 21

SEPTEMBER 26

SEPTEMBER 27

SEPTEMBER 28
645A SAINT LAWRENCE RUIZ, MARTYR, AND HIS COMPANIONS, MARTYRS

SEPTEMBER 29

SEPTEMBER 30

October

OCTOBER 1

OCTOBER 2

OCTOBER 4

OCTOBER 6
652A BLESSED MARIE-ROSE DUROCHER, VIRGIN
[In the Dioceses of the United States]
From the Common of Virgins, or from the Common of Holy Men and Women For Religious

OCTOBER 7

OCTOBER 9

OCTOBER 14

OCTOBER 15

OCTOBER 16

OCTOBER 17

OCTOBER 18

OCTOBER 19
[In the Dioceses of the United States]

OCTOBER 20
[In the Dioceses of the United States]

OCTOBER 23

OCTOBER 24

OCTOBER 28

November

NOVEMBER 1

NOVEMBER 2

NOVEMBER 3

NOVEMBER 4

NOVEMBER 9

NOVEMBER 10

NOVEMBER 11


NOVEMBER 13
[In the Dioceses of the United States]
674A SAINT FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI, VIRGIN MEMORIAL
From the Common of Virgins, or from the Common of Holy Men and Women For Religious

NOVEMBER 15

NOVEMBER 16

NOVEMBER 16

NOVEMBER 17

NOVEMBER 18
679A SAINT ROSE PHILIPPINE DUCHESNE, VIRGIN
[In the Dioceses of the United States]
From the Common of Virgins, or the Common of Holy Men and Women, For Religious


NOVEMBER 22

NOVEMBER 23
683A BLESSED MIGUEL AGUSTIN PRO, PRIEST AND MARTYR
[In the Dioceses of the United States]

NOVEMBER 24
683B SAINT ANDREW DUNG-LAC, PRIEST AND MARTYR, AND HIS COMPANIONS, MARTYRS

NOVEMBER 30

FOURTH THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER
[In the Dioceses of the United States]
684A THANKSGIVING DAY
From Masses for Various Needs and Occasions; III. For Various Public Needs, 26. In Thanksgiving, nos. 943-947.[2]

December


DECEMBER 4

DECEMBER 6

DECEMBER 7

DECEMBER 8

DECEMBER 9
689A SAINT JUAN DIEGO, HERMIT
[In the Dioceses of the United States]

DECEMBER 11

DECEMBER 12

DECEMBER 12
In the United States this memorial is transferred to August 18

DECEMBER 13

DECEMBER 14

DECEMBER 21

DECEMBER 23

DECEMBER 26

DECEMBER 27

DECEMBER 28

DECEMBER 29

DECEMBER 31






* Added from the 2004  Sacramentary Supplement, provisional number assigned by SOW

[1] See Lectionary Index and use “ctrl s” to search for article numbers in browser.
[2] See Lectionary Index and use “ctrl s” to search for article numbers in browser.