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The Catholic Lectionary guides us through the liturgical year, presenting Old and New Testament readings that together reveal God’s unfolding plan for our salvation. In The Word of the Lord: Reflections on the Sunday Mass Readings for Year B, biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma provides commentary on each Sunday’s unique presentation of readings.

Whether you are a homilist seeking insight into the meaning of difficult scriptural passages or a pew Catholic desiring a deepened understanding of the readings you hear at Mass, The Word of the Lord serves as an invaluable guide.

This volume includes commentaries for:

  • Readings for the Season of Advent
  • Readings for the Season of Christmas
  • Readings for the Season of Lent
  • Readings for the Season of Easter
  • Readings for the Season of Ordinary Time
  • Readings for Solemnities of the Lord in Ordinary Time

For other Word of the Lord volumes, visit our series page.



Author Biography

John Bergsma is Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. A former Protestant pastor, Dr. Bergsma has authored several books on Scripture and the Catholic faith, including Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Revealing the Jewish Roots of the Church and A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: Old Testament with Brant Pitre. Dr. Bergsma speaks regularly for parish missions, diocesan conferences, clergy convocations, and other events nationally and internationally. He and his wife Dawn reside with their eight children in Steubenville, Ohio.



“Over the past several years, many priests have found in John Bergsma’s Scripture commentaries a great resource both for their own prayer and for Sunday homilies. Now we have his cogent, scholarly, and timely reflections on the Sunday readings gathered together in one book for a liturgical year. This volume will benefit both priests and laity alike in preparing for and getting the most out of Sunday’s sacred text. May it be the first of many!”

Very Rev. Paul D. Scalia
Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, Diocese of Arlington


Michael Barber

“John Bergsma has devoted years to thinking through how to apply the Sunday readings to the life of ordinary believers, first as a Protestant pastor and then as a Catholic Old Testament professor. His insights into the unity of the Old and New Testaments have been sought by many a homilist and Bible study leader. This book will be a go-to resource for anyone seeking guidance on how to preach and teach from the Lectionary.”

Michael P. Barber
Professor of Scripture and Theology, Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology


Anna Mitchell

“John Bergsma has done us all a great service: He not only helps us to understand the context and historical meaning of the readings, but also helps us to reflect on why these passages are relevant to our lives today. I will most definitely be keeping this book handy to help me prepare my heart—and the hearts of my listeners—for Mass each week.”

Anna Mitchell
Host/Producer of the Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio


Fr. Carter Griffin

“From his profound knowledge of biblical texts and extra-biblical sources, Dr. Bergsma navigates us through the scriptural, historical, and archaeological context of the Sunday readings and uncovers the rich meaning that is interwoven among them. Each Sunday’s commentary is insightful and to the point. This book will prove invaluable to preachers—in fact to any Catholic who wishes to encounter the Mass readings with greater attention and understanding.”

Fr. Carter Griffin
Rector, Saint John Paul II Seminary, Archdiocese of Washington D.C.


Fr. Jay Donahue

“As a priest who is responsible for pastoring many parishes and delivering homilies at multiple sites, this Sunday Scripture guide enables me to focus on one idea in order to bring alive God’s Word. Since Dr. Bergsma motivates me, he makes it easier for me to inspire my parish family.”

Fr. Jay Donahue
President and Founder of “Renew the I Do” Marriage Ministry

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6 reviews for The Word of the Lord: Reflections on the Sunday Mass Readings for Year B

  1. Christine Baldwin

    Absolutely love this book, would not be without it

  2. Anne

    I follow excerpts of this book posted on Dr Bergsmas blog and I can only say that I am blessed to have that tiny sneak peek into the book (he only comments on the first reading). I kinda feel like I have something I look forward to every Sunday. Would love to buy the book but overseas shipping can make the book twice the cost so I have to wait till I get someone travelling to the US to get a copy. Meanwhile I will keep getting what I can from the blog. Thank you for the commentaries Dr Bergsma.

  3. Rev. Fr. Patrick Ozonweke. A priest of Catholic diocese of Enugu, Nigeria.

    I thank Dr Bergsma for this wonderful piece, surely will enrich us in our reflections and preparations for homilies.
    I look forward to getting a copy.
    Thanks once more, Dr.

  4. Juanita

    I absolutely love this new book of Sunday reflections!! The content is great and the cover is beautiful!

  5. Susan Hoffman

    I am praying he has books for all 3(a,b,c) years!

    • Louis

      Yes, work on additional volumes to cover the entire lectionary is in progress.

  6. Fred

    Big fan of Dr. Bergsma. I’ve also watched some of the reflections on the Sunday readings made available online for free. So I’ll rate it on that basis (as they are companion videos for this book). But I’d like to have a copy of this book. I however live overseas. Will this include the shipping costs? If not, please do add an eBook version of this book so it won’t be cost-prohibitive. Thank you very much!

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