Those Faithful fortunate enough to make it into old
age, must then deal with the ravages thereof.
When love enters into the equation, the teaching of
The readings begin with
Oftentimes the Faithful do not and cannot understand the Cross. These readings, at least, imply the Cross. For example, Hebrew marginalia in Genesis 22:10 refer to “hour of distress,” thereby anticipating the hour of distress of the Triduum of Holy Week. The holocaust of old age and terminal sickness relates not only to individuals but also to groups.
The so-called Jewish Holocaust of World War II
awakened the Church to the evils of anti-Semitism. The Church in the
Appropriately, the Church uses Psalm 116 both at
and in Pastoral Care of the Sick.
Psalm 116:10, I believed, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted,” suits the
counterpoise of the readings. Romans
8:32, He who did not spare his own son
begins with almost an exact quotation of Genesis 22:16, in not withholding from me your beloved son. Genesis makes a great deal of
The Transfiguration in the Gospel of Mark leaves out
the part about how the face of
Another Scripture scholar,
In secular society, the Jews are among the best
friends Blacks have. The Faithful in the
… refocusing the interpretation of Galatians 15:18 on the concept of “covenant” may facilitate the identification of a specific covenant-making narrative underlying Paul’s argument in these verses, which I will suggest is Gen 22:15-18, the covenant with Abraham ratified by divine oath after the Aqedah [the binding of Isaac].…The sacrifice is incomplete, and the divine promises (Gen 22:16-18) are not actualized in Isaac.
and through whom was
In the name of a Holocaust apology, to back away from
Love can make many otherwise difficult things easy not only for groups but also for individuals in groups. Personal involvement with the Jewish Holocaust, racism, and hierarchical abuse is relatively rare for the Faithful. Individual involvement with sickness and old age, however, is not so rare. That is suited to a practical everyday application of these readings
The burden of being nice to those caring for one
through the ravages of old age or terminal illness, can be lightened by Faith
that the God of Abraham is also the God of the Faithful, able to care for the
afflicted through his son, transfigured in the Gospel. This same transfiguration of living through
the difficulties of old age or any age with grace is possible through the love
For more on sources see the Appendix file. Personal Notes are on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes
 Jon Levenson, The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son: The Transformation of Child Sacrifice in Judaism and Christianity (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993) 161 as cited in Richard J. Clifford, S.J., “Genesis 38: Its Contribution to the Jacob Story,” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 66, No. 4 (October 2004) 529, fn. 27.
 N.a., 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) 227, 274.
 The Roman Ritual: Revised by Decree of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and Published by Authority of Pope Paul VI: Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum: 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: Prepared by International Commission on English in the Liturgy: a Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences (New York: Catholic Book Publishing Co. 1983) 327.
 Joseph Plevnik, S.J., “The Understanding of God at the Basis of Pauline Theology,” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 4 (October 2003) 566.
C. Clifton Black, review of
 Scott W. Hahn, “Covenant, Oath, and the Aqedah: Diaqhkh in Galatians 3:15-18” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 67, No. 1 (December 2005) 79, 97.