These readings for the Epiphany are about the mysterious and
personal relationship between the Faithful and Jesus Christ. This is the first time Personal Notes reflect
a third time over scriptures already seen.
My intention remains to build upon the previous Notes without
including those Notes as a separate attachment, unless requested. Epiphany may be the only reading remaining the
same in all three liturgical cycles. As
In a spirit of zeal, I renew my concern for the New
Hope Community that now occupies the former Bethlehem Monastery of Poor Clares. The New Hope Community web site, http://www.hopeonline.cc, recommends
When repeating readings, my intention is: (1) to incorporate research not yet incorporated but (2) not to reexamine research already incorporated. I will read what I have already written but will not re-document that material when I use it. I will be happy to send what I have already written to anyone interested. Because of computer technology, that task should be relatively easy.
During the year, we should reach Gospels that I have already translated from the Greek. When that happens, my intention is to translate the Epistles, which is what I am doing for today.
Isaiah sees the Faithful as something special, as Ephesians
more carefully spells out. The ancient
prophets of the First Testament spoke to the Faithful throughout the ages. With the New Testament,
The Lectionary uses Psalm 72 as follows:
Reading Page verses Sunday
4A 19-20 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 (cf. 7) Advent 2
20ABC 119 1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (cf. 11) Epiphany = Today
The Advent Responsorial antiphon is about justice; the Responsorial antiphon for today, the Epiphany, is about adoration; verse 17 in Advent is about blessings from a messiah, verses 10-11 for today, the Epiphany, is about people paying homage to a messiah. Christianity is mysterious and personal to each of the Faithful.
Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
In verse 6, the Greek plays up a threefold relationship
between the Messiah and the Faithful: coheirs, members of the same body, and
copartners. Ephesians recognizes a new
In verse 6, the Greek for people is sons of men. In the Gospels,
With modern astronomy, especially through the
To add some Christmas background, Metaphrastes told the story of the original Eastern Orthodox Saint Nicholas who saved three sisters from being sold into prostitution. The term slave is a derivate of Slav. Thinking racially; there is a lot to meditate on here. The divine bounty extends to everyone personally and mysteriously.
The Jewish leaders who cooperate with
The Faithful have a personal and mysterious relationship
with Jesus Christ. Throughout the ages,
Christians identify themselves with Isaiah the prophet. Psalm 72 extends the relationship with
For more on sources see the Appendix file.
Metaphrastes, in the “Catena G.F.”: in “Exposition from the Catena Aurea,”
“Christmas Day; The Gospel of the Mass of ,”
in The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers: Volume One: From
the First Sunday of Advent to Quinquagesima, tr. and ed.