As last week, the words for this week are eat and taste, and see. For both weeks, the readings are similar. The context for the words is Eucharistic. What there is for which to be thankful is the LORD in his Eucharistic presence.
Distribution over time
38. The Rosary can be recited in full every day, and there are those who most laudably do so. In this way it fills with prayer the days of many a contemplative, or keeps company with the sick and the elderly who have abundant time at their disposal. Yet it is clear—and this applies all the more if the new series of mysteria lucis is included—that many people will not be able to recite more than a part of the Rosary, according to a certain weekly pattern. This weekly distribution has the effect of giving the different days of the week a certain spiritual “color,” by analogy with the way in which the Liturgy colors the different seasons of the liturgical year.
According to current practice, Monday
and Thursday are dedicated to the “joyful mysteries,” Tuesday and Friday to the
“sorrowful mysteries,” and Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday to the “glorious
mysteries.” Where might the “mysteries
of light” be inserted? If we consider
that the “glorious mysteries” are said on both Saturday and Sunday, and that
Saturday has always had a special Marian flavor,
the second weekly meditation on the “joyful mysteries,” mysteries in which
This indication is not intended to limit a rightful freedom in personal and community prayer, where account needs to be taken of spiritual and pastoral needs and of the occurrence of particular liturgical celebrations which might call for suitable adaptations. What is really important is that the Rosary should always be seen and experienced as a path of contemplation. In the Rosary, in a way similar to what takes place in the Liturgy, the Christian week, centered on Sunday, the day of Resurrection, becomes a journey through the mysteries of the life of Christ, and he is revealed in the lives of his disciples as the Lord of time and of history.
This section of Proverbs extols the virtue of Wisdom as a type of banquet of understanding. In other places, Proverbs sets out Wisdom herself.
verse 2 she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine,
yes, she has spread her table.
verse 3 She has sent out her maidens; she calls
from the heights out over the city:
verse 4 “Let whoever is simple turn in here;
To the one who lacks understanding, she says,
Simple is parvulus in the Latin, carrying the sense of childlike, emotionally and intellectually undeveloped.
verse 5 Come, eat of my food,
and drink of the wine I have mixed!
verse 6 Forsake foolishness that you may live;
advance in the way of understanding.
Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Except for verses 7-8 and the antiphon, this is the same psalm used last Sunday. To refresh memories, this is an intellectual, alphabetical, acrostic hymn.
The antiphon this week is from a verse not used last week:
verse 9a Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
This Psalm 34 is also used according to the following chart.
Reading Page verses
33C 208 2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (9a)
116B 759 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (9a)
119B 776 2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (9a) This is today, this Sunday
122B 789 2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21 (9a)
150C 925 2-3, 17-18, 19, 23 (7a)
#591 1158 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (8) Saints Peter and Paul
verse 3 Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
verse 7 When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
The comparable readings last Sunday were Ephesians 4:30—5:2
verse 15 Watch carefully how you live,
not as foolish persons but as wise.
verse 16 making the most of the opportunity,
because the days are evil.
verse 17 Therefore, do not continue in ignorance,
but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.
verse 18 and do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery
The comparable reading last Sunday was
verse 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.
The Order of
Christian Funerals rightly notes that “… the calming effect of
familiar prayers can comfort the mourners as they begin to face their loss.”  Familiarization
with Scripture readings, therefore, seems appropriate for the Sunday readings. Verses from this Gospel may be used at “13
Funerals for Adults,” #13,
verse 51 “I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world.”
verse 52 The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
The Greek catches a scholar’s attention. The Greek for unless, ean mh, occurs
seventeen times in the Fourth Gospel, “within a solemn affirmation of some
truth or some prerequisite of salvation.”
The grammarian called attention to the
emotional emphasis associated with ou mh,
never. The other scholar agrees, pointing out that
such a never is found in sixteen
places in this Gospel. With two
verse 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
A scholar includes these two verses among instances associating glory with the cross.
verse 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
verse 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
In conclusion, Proverbs
is about spreading the table of Wisdom and eating thereat; Psalm 34 continues about tasting and seeing the
goodness of the Lord; Ephesians
about giving thanks always and for everything; and the Fourth Gospel about eating the flesh of
For an overview of sources used see the Appendix file.
 International Commission on English in the Liturgy: A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences, The Roman Ritual: Revised by Decree of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and published by Authority of Pope Paul IV: Order of Christian Funerals: Including Appendix 2: Cremation: Approved for use in the Dioceses of the United States of America by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and Confirmed by the Apostolic See (New Jersey: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1998), “Prayers after Death,” page 49.
 ibid., page 241.