readings are about the Black Apostolate in the
Christopher Pramuk, “`Strange Fruit’: Black Suffering/White Revelation”
this verse to identify with the “God of our ancestors [who] raised
Acts 5:30, hanging him on a tree brings to mind Gen
22:9, he bound his son
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
This is a psalm of thanksgiving for the presence of God in the midst of worship.
Psalm 30 (2a)
“I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me,” is an appropriate refrain for the Black Apostolate. At the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, annual retreat, Black Catholics like the refrain, “God is good all the time; all the time, God is good.” That does not mean racism is good or that it is good to accept racism when something the Faithful can do something to end it. Neither is this to lay a guilt trip upon the Faithful for past history; but only to keep the Faithful focused on the goodness of God.
Revelation 5:11, 14
The Greek for elders also carries a sense of ancestors, even a sense of the Sanhedrin. Remembering those who have gone before, by making them present, also enables the Faithful to repair the damage from past injustices extending into the present. One of the functions of historians is to enable the rest of society to repair past damage that still extends into the present. In that way, a special focus on Black History enables the custodians of culture in the United States to work to remedy past injustices by accepting a national identity inclusive of African Americans.
were the servants of
The Bishops use the middle two verses of the Lectionary reading as a fitting conclusion to Chapter 36, “Jesus Taught Us to Pray.”
The unnamed authors of the Lectionary offer no scriptural reference for this alleluia verse. In other words, they made it up.
The better opinion among contemporary
scholars is that the Beloved Disciple is
This passage looks like the disciples
Scholars wonder what
The Bishops use this passage to enhance their authority in Chapter 10, “The Church: Reflecting the Light of Christ.”
When everyone had settled down after
the context of
For more on sources see the Appendix file. Personal Notes are on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes
 Theological Studies, Vol. 67, No. 2 (June 2006) 357.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 67, No. 1 (January 2005) 92.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 67, No. 2 (April 2005) 229.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 65, No 1 (January 2003) 4, 11. 15, 16.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 63, No. 4 (October 2001) 635.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 67, No. 2 (April 2005) 298, 300.
 Theological Studies, 67, #3 (September 2006) 534.