Rejoice with responsibility is the theme for this Sunday. Philippians 4:4-7 begins with the imperative to rejoice. Luke continues with John the Baptizer with the imperative of acting responsibly toward his role in the greater plan of announcing the Good News to all humanity.
Philippians 4:6 says to be free of all anxiety. Philippians also tells how to do it, namely by asking God for whatever is making one anxious. There used to be a priest at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, in Newport News, Virginia, who modified anxiety in the canon of the Mass. He prayed to be free of useless anxiety. Philippians 4:6 says no such thing.
The Greek for anxious
leaves no way out. The Greek means not to think about. Philippians is in
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The thought for this Sunday is to rejoice responsibly,
with a concern for the less fortunate, with whom
In the last three years, I indexed nothing for the first two of these readings. This is the first time I omitted commenting on all four passages. For more on sources see the Appendix file. Personal Notes are on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes
Robert F. O’Toole, S.J., review of James L.