In these Notes for Liturgical Cycle A, the Gospel
The new and different idea to expect from these Notes
The sense is like living in a small town, where a teen-ager can go to the big city, and Mom knows all about it back in the small town before she gets home. If the teen-ager’s conscience lets Mom, Mom is present no matter where the teen-ager goes. God is present in a similar way. While God overcomes evil, humans must let God do that within their own hearts. Overcoming evil, thereby, makes God present.
The immediate scriptural issue for this Sunday is the
thirteenth chapter of
I have helped several people through their last illnesses and have experienced the presence of God as they overcame the evil inherent in their last illnesses with their love of God (and humans, like me). Isaiah 64:7 illustrates how the prophet drew the presence of God from misfortune, we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands.”
Isaiah 63:16b begins by addressing God directly, as father and redeemer. Exegetes involve
this verse in a controversy over how much Jews at the time of
Guilt reflects itself in Psalm 80, a form of the Blues. Pastoral Care of the Sick uses Psalm 80 in two places. The notion is God as shepherd, bringing goodness out of evil. Psalm 80:3c, come to save us brings good from evil. The vine, mentioned in Psalm 80:15, is a grape vine, which the psalmist earlier describes as left for fodder for boars.
In this place, the vine (evil overcome) becomes a symbol for
The selection from 1 Corinthians draws good from evil. Paul is writing to lambaste the Corinthians
for factionalism, but in this part of his letter,
My new “apparatus” is an ability to identify word
differences among the earliest manuscripts.
In 2002, available on the internet, these Notes emphasized the need for watchfulness. Mark 13:35 writes you do not know when the lord of the house is coming and then gives suggested times, breaking the day into four parts, from evening through morning, when the Faithful might be sleeping. Mark does not suggest a special need to watch at mid-day, when the Faithful expect to be awake and alert. Mark implies the Faithful need to make an effort to be aware that God is present. In this way, sleepiness and lack of attention are an obstacle, preventing the Faithful from recognizing that God is present.
In conclusion, the watchfulness of waiting for
Christmas, of overcoming evil with penance and prayer, makes God present. As Isaiah and
For more on sources see the Appendix file. Personal Notes are on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes
 Documentation lost.
 Joseph Plevnik, S.J., The Understanding of God at the Basis of Pauline Theology, the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 4 (October 2003) 564.