The 53 B Lectionary readings for this Fifth
Sunday of Easter are about the self-esteem required in order to act. The Acts of the Apostles focus on Saint Paul,
whose self-esteem changed drastically between his earlier life as a Jew
persecuting Christians and his later life as a Christian. Psalm 22, that
Implicit in the First Testament is the fear of being without the presence of God. Knowing about the presence of God requires growth and understanding. As Psalm 22:31-32b puts it in the Lectionary, “Let the coming generation be told of the LORD that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born the justice he has shown.” This is an appropriate function of the Religious Affairs committee of the Newport News Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Just as African-Americans have reason to fear
Euro-Americans, so did the first Christians have reason to fear the persecuting
Acts 9:31, mentions
In other words,
Part of the excitement of the 22nd Psalm is its 1964 discovery as part of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Academic politics still keep the contents out of public view. The public knows that verses 15-17 are preserved. The Lectionary only uses verse 17 and that on Palm Sunday. In technical terms, the “Estimated Contents” of what was found are “Unknown.” Once academic politics are cleared, all the Faithful can look forward to more to learn.
Jews at the time of
All three of the Synoptic writers name the ninth hour at the moment of Jesus’ death.…Luke omits the “cry of dereliction” by Jesus crucified (Psalm 22:2 in Mark 15:34) and turns what was a wordless scream in Mark 15:37 into a shouted prayer, quoting another psalm connected with the Tamid…Psalm 31:6: into your hands I commend my spirit’ (Luke 23:46).
Just as self-esteem was required for
In other words, the love of God as expressed in
The proper place for the Faithful is on the Cross, in
one way or another. Unless one is
self-righteous, however, one does not belong on the Cross. Effective clergy say what needs to be said,
despite any risk of untoward consequences.
The Faithful, including the clergy, can know that
The Eucharist Builds the Church
Church Growth and Unity
21. The Council says that the “
22. Sacramental Communion renews and
consolidates the baptized believer’s incorporation into Christ. There comes about a mutual abiding, we in
By union with
In his first encyclical,
THE PRACTICE OF LOVE
BY THE CHURCH
AS A “COMMUNITY OF LOVE”
The Church’s charitable activity as a manifestation of Trinitarian love
19. “If you see charity, you see
the Trinity,” wrote
The Spirit is also the energy which transforms the heart of the ecclesial community, so that it becomes a witness before the world to the love of the Father, who wishes to make humanity a single family in his Son. The entire activity of the Church is an expression of a love that seeks the integral good of man: it seeks his evangelization through Word and Sacrament, an undertaking that is often heroic in the way it is acted out in history; and it seeks to promote man in the various arenas of life and human activity. Love is therefore the service that the Church carries out in order to attend constantly to man’s sufferings and his needs, including material needs. And this is the aspect, this service of charity, on which I want to focus in the second part of the Encyclical.
Charity as a responsibility of the Church
In the encyclical quoted above, not only is Pope
How to translate Christian charity into more than
words is the focus of these readings. Saint
Paul begins in Acts, first acting in the wrong direction, but, then becoming
For more on sources see the Appendix file. Personal Notes are on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes
 Patrick W. Skehan+, Eugene Ulrich, Peter W. Flint, A Scroll Containing “Biblical” and “Apocryphal” Psalms: A Preliminary Edition of 4QPsf (4Q88), the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 60, No. 2 (April 1998) 269.
 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) 67, 158.
“Letter on the Eucharist:
 Benedict XVI, “Encyclical Letter: Deus Caritas Est of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI to the Bishops, Priests and Deacons, Men and Women Religious and All the Lay Faithful on Christian Love,” http://www.vatical.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/encyclixals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_2... 1/30/2006 11/25.