The Roman Catholic Church still struggles between static constructs of Canon Law and the liberating freedom of the Holy Spirit.  Saint Paul devoted his life to unscrambling tension between the two.  The Responsorial Psalm 24:1b, To you, O Lord, I lift my soul, is about keeping priorities of the law and priorities the Spirit in prudent accord with one another.




First Reading:                   Jeremiah 33:14-16

Responsorial Psalm:          Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 (1b)

Second Reading:              1 Thessalonians 3:12—4:2

Alleluia:                             Psalm 85:8

Gospel:                             Luke 21:25-28, 34-36


Annotated Bibliography

Musings above the solid line draw from material below.  Those uninterested in scholarly and tangential details should stop reading here.  If they do, however, they may miss some interesting details.


Jeremiah 33:14-16

Jer 33:15

Gianni Barbiero, “Psalm 132:  A Prayer of `Solomon’”[1]


Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 (1b)

Psalm 25:14

John Mayer (1583-1664, (Vincent de Paul (1580-1660)))[2]


1 Thessalonians 3:12—4:2

1 Thessalonians 3:12

Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel[3]


1 Thessalonians 3:13

Jeff Cavins, Tim Gray, and Sarah Christmyer, The Bible Timeline:  The Story of Salvation[4]


1 Thess 3:13

Matthew W. Bates, “A Christology of Incarnation and Enthronement:  Romans 1:3-4 as Unified, Nonadoptionist, and Nonconciliatory”[5]


1 Thessalonians 3:13

Daniel B. Wallace, With Scripture, Subject, and Greek Word Indexes: Greek Grammar:  Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament[6]

The Greek for with all his holy ones has the sense of a close association, rather than simple presence with.


Psalm 85:8

Funerals uses this Psalm:


Page  Section                                                             Verses used


224     Responsorial Psalms         13 Funerals for Adults #2   6, 17-18, 20          (16 or cf. #2 and 20)

254     Responsorial Psalms          14 Funerals for Baptized Children          4-6, 20-21 (16)

262     Gospel Readings               15 Funerals for Children who Died before Baptism   4-6, 17 (16 or cf. 2 and 20)

268     Antiphons and Psalms       16 Antiphons and Psalms            1-22

(cf. 25:18 or non-scriptural other)


Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Luke 21:21-32

James Swetnam, S.J., review of Enrichetta Cesarale, “Figli della luce e figli del giorno” (Its 5,5):  Indagine biblicoteologica del “giorno” in Paolo[7]

Cesarale uses “day” as a unifying Christocentric spirituality in Paul.  Swetnam has a profound dissatisfaction with the thesis.  In the Gospel of Luke and elsewhere the Cesarale thesis means there was “no purchase price on his existence.”  Luke implies Jerusalem deserved destruction, an implication Cesarale wrongly rejects.


Luke 21:28

Wolfgang Musculus (1497-1563)[8]


Luke 21:34

Urbanus Rhegius (1489-1541), A Guide to Preaching about the Chief Topics of Christian Doctrine Carefully and without Giving Offense, for Young Ministers of the Word in the Duchy of Lüneburg, 1535[9]


Luke 21:34

Johannes Bugenhagen (1485-1558)[10]


Luke 21:36

Paul Elbert, “Acts 2:38 in Light of the Syntax of Imperative-Future Passive and Imperative-Present Participle Combinations”[11]



On April 7, 2013, with Reading 045C 2nd Sunday of Easter_A Catholic Bible Study 130407, Personal Notes systematically began to incorporate material from A Commentary on the Order of Mass of The Roman Missal:  A New English Translation:  Developed under the Auspices of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy, Edward Foley (ed.) (Collegeville, Minnesota:  Liturgical Press, 2011).  The hope is that this approach will help pray with the new Missal, despite itself.



For more on sources see the Appendix file.  A complete set of Personal Notes, dating from the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 14, 2002 to the present, is on the web site at 



The Responsorial Antiphon for this Sunday is To you, O Lord, I lift my soul (Psalm 25:1b).[12]


In the gobbledygook prayer at Sunday Mass immediately following mention of forgiven sins, the Faithful hearing the 2011 Roman Missal can listen for “resolve to run forth,”[13] even those too feeble to run anymore.


This is a call for grace that some Black Baptists call to mind with Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:  For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee:  for I have much people in this city” (Acts 18:9-10) and that includes speaking truth to power of the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy.  Baptist Urban Ministries, Inc.,[14]  As feared, the Lectionary does not use this verse.


[1] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 2 (2013) 255.


[2] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  Old Testament XII: Ezekiel, Daniel, (ed.) Carl L. Beckwith (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic, An Imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2012: ISBN 978-0-8308-2962-0 P 1 Y 12) 199.


[3] Erlanger, Kentucky:  Libreria Editrice Vaticana,, 2014, 126.


[4] West Chester, Pennsylvania:  Ascension Press, 2004, 2011, Session 23, page 2.


[5] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 77 No. 1 (2015) 114.


[6] Grand Rapids: Michigan: Zondervan, 1996, 274, 378.


[7] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 77 No. 4 (2015) 759.


[8] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  Old Testament I: Genesis I—II, (ed.) John L. Thompson (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic, An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2012) ISBN 978-0-8308-2951-4 (hardcover : alk. paper) P 1 Y 12) 279.


[9] In Scott H. Hendrix, ed. and trans., Early Protestant Spirituality (New York, Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2009) 85.


[10] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament X: Galatians, Ephesians, (ed.) Gerald L. Bray (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic, An Imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2011: ISBN 978-0-8308-2973-6 (P 1 Y 11) 377.


[11] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 75 No. 1 (2013) 105.


[12] National Conference of Catholic Bishops, The Roman Missal Restored by Decree of the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican and Promulgated by Authority of Pope Paul VI: Lectionary for Mass:  For Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America:  Second Typical Edition:  Volume I:  Sundays, Solemnities, Feasts of the Lord and the Saints (Collegeville, Minnesota:  The Liturgical Press, 1988) 14.  Personal Notes refers to this book as the Lectionary.


[13] n.a., The Roman Missal:  Renewed by Decree of the Most Holy Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, Promulgated by Authority of Pope Paul VI and Revised at the Direction of Pope John Paul II:  English Translation According to the Third Typical Edition:  For Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America:  Approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Confirmed by the Apostolic See (Washington, DC, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011) 139.  Personal Notes refers to this book as the Missal.


[14] UMI Annual Sunday School Lesson Commentary:  Precepts for Living ®: 2015-2016:  International Sunday School Lessons:  Volume 18:  UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), (Chicago, IL  60643: UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), 2015) 139-140.