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The Sunday Word: A Commentary on the Sunday Readings

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Leading Catholic biblical scholar Henry Wansbrough provides a pithy and readable commentary covering all the Sunday readings for years A, B, and C. Wansbrough provides incisive commentary informed by his many years of teaching Scripture as a scholar and Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. For each Sunday a short commentary on the three readings is given, together with questions and suggestions for personal reflection, and a section for families looking at the readings together. A section covering major feasts, especially those which at times take the place of the Sunday, is presented at the back of the book.

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  • Offers readings from Romans on the process of the saving work of Christ
  • Provides practical teaching of the Letter of James and the Christology of Hebrews
  • Discusses the letters to the Thessalonians on preparing for the final coming of Christ
  • Advent and Christmastide
  • Lent and Eastertide
  • Ordinary Sundays of the Year
  • Solemnities which Trump Sundays

Top Highlights

“for the first time in the Bible, the Resurrection of the dead is proclaimed.” (Page 230)

“to give your name is a sign of trust and friendship” (Page 103)

If the Word of God is ‘alive and active’ (Heb. 4:12) it must be alive and active for all of us today. In these commentaries the background and shape of every passage is opened up and shared with us. This is a great achievement by Henry Wansbrough and we should all be grateful to him.

—Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop emeritus, Westminster, UK

Beautifully written and drawing upon a lifetime of biblical scholarship, Dom Henry Wansbrough’s explanations of the Bible readings Sunday by Sunday are as informative as they are a delight! Arising from notes originally for children in Catholic schools, these fuller versions will benefit readers of all ages and across all denominations, particularly through the very relevant questions appended to every reading.

Richard A. Burridge, professor, King’s College, London, UK

A treasure house of information, background and context for our understanding of the Sunday Lectionary. Expressed with clarity and wit, the insights of this internationally-renowned biblicist bring together decades of scholarship. For preacher and worshipper alike, this book offers opportunities for fresh appreciation of the Sunday Lectionary.

—Gregory Polan, abbot, Conception Abbey, Missouri

  • Title: The Sunday Word: A Commentary on the Sunday Readings
  • Author: Henry Wansbrough
  • Publisher: Continuum
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 328

Henry Wansbrough is a Benedictine Monk of Ampleforth, former chairman of the Oxford University Theology Faculty, and former master of St Benet’s Hall. He’s a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and executive secretary of ICPEL (The International Commission for Producing an English-language Lectionary). He was a guest lecturer in Scripture at Harare University in Zimbabwe, and lectures frequently across the globe. He is the author of Jesus and the Oral Gospel Tradition.


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  1. Anthony Amedo

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  2. kentuckyliz



    This is among my lectionary commentaries that I have saved in the right-side panel, with the lectionary on the left, for my daily lectionary reading (saved as a layout). The reflections are good and the questions posed are thought-provoking.


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