How diligent are the Faithful seeking the Spirit of
A study of the use of the word God during the Eighteenth Century, the century of the Enlightenment, shows a decline in the use of the word. I wonder if the reason is that, the Enlightenment is an objection to the Church prioritizing Church politics over truth. I wonder what a comparable study of words such as Galileo, Newton, natural rights, and John Locke would bring. I wonder what took the place of God in the literature.
I took part the discussion at the Omohundro Institute
Colloquium Tuesday, March 29, in the Swem Library at The College of
The truth of Christianity is that death is no more,
either physical death through the resurrection of the body or spiritual death
through the forgiveness of sins. Sometimes
the Magisterium can confuse these truths with other truths, independently
available to the Faithful. When that
happens, Jesus warns that the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, will not defend the
Magisterium “because it neither sees nor knows him” (John ). The Holy Spirit, the Advocate (
As I participated in the Easter Vigil services at Our Lady
of Mount Carmel Church, in
The second troubling sensation was that this sense of the
Faithful not knowing what they were doing must have been how Mary, the Mother
of God, felt, first for herself as she taught her child, Jesus, then as she was
taught by the Magisterium. The Holy
Saturday worshippers exhibited little idea of the relationship between the
Exodus from Egypt and the Exodus from both spiritual and physical death. They
exhibited little idea of the relationship between
After the service, I approached a Black man, finally baptized as a senior citizen, after some parish had refused him baptism as an infant. As it turned out, his mother looked White, so she got into the church, but when his color was seen, he was refused. I introduced myself as a former Josephite and remarked both how glad I was to see the Monsignor put his arm around him before the Faithful at the liturgy and proclaim him a brother. I said that that was nice, but that there was still plenty of racism.
The Monsignor had proclaimed at the service that this
baptism late in life made up for the wrong originally committed. In that context, the Black man observed that
the hurt could never be overcome completely. When the Black female with the man insisted
that the Monsignor insisted that the parish was open to everyone, I then told
of the Monsignor celebrating the annual anniversary of the dead, losing
Confederate General, Robert E.
The spirit of the Easter occasion is reflected in the Responsorial antiphon for today; “Let all the earth cry out to God with joy” (Psalm 66:1). Another translation of the same verse, also used at Mass, “Shout joyfully to God, all the earth.” Where is the truth in all of this? To be sought.
Acts 8:5-17 tells of the conversion of a Samaritan city. Samaritans were the people who thought God was to be worshipped in Mount Gerizim rather than Mount Zion. Jesus was so biased against the Samaritan woman that he refused to do her a favor, saying it was inappropriate to give food for the children of God to dogs. The Samaritan woman then successfully begged for scraps from the table.
The reading is about the Spirit of Truth resting upon the Samaritans, but I doubt the Faithful will hear much preaching about racial prejudice as an element gleaned from this reading. This reading includes miracles that went with preaching in the primitive Church. What the scholars at the Omohundro Institute are about is discovering how to look for the Spirit of Truth among people with little or no interest sustaining whatever holds politics may have on truth. In the United States, the Black experience still is the touchstone of that truth.
Psalm 66 proclaims the wondrous deeds of God who “changed the sea into dry land” (Psalm 66:6). The reference is to the Exodus out of Egypt which also leads to the exodus out of politics determining truth through studying what those out of power regard as true. In this way, Jesus is the light of the world, “Say to God, `How tremendous are your deeds!’” (Psalm 66:3).
John 14:21 proclaims that Jesus will “`… reveal myself to him.’” In the original Greek, the word for reveal means to manifest, intimate plainly. The Greek world phonetically sounds like emphasis. The manifestation of God to the Faithful finds emphasis through the imprint of the soul of Jesus upon the souls of the Faithful. 1 Peter is an original apostolic proclamation of salvation though Jesus Christ.
These readings are about finding the Spirit of Truth in the
midst of ignorance, ignorance including but not limited to racism. Acts focuses on the Judaic outcast Samaritans.
Psalm 66 is about not only an Exodus
from Egypt, but also an exodus from ignorance. 1 Peter is about encouragement for seeking an
explanation for the hope that is in the Faithful.
Scriptural references to the Lectionary follow. Since the main purpose of these Notes is annotating the scriptural references in the index at www.western-civilization.com, references pertinent, but not fitting the flow imposed above, are included below.
I do not assume that the reader is following the readings cited either in the Lectionary or in the Bible. Like the footnotes, the citations are for reference purposes for anyone interested. The large, bold letters facilitate locating exactly what the Lectionary presents for these Notes.
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
Lectionary (1998): the
The Vulgate (circa 410): in civitatem Samariae
Douay-Rheims (1582-1610): the
New American (1970): (the) city of
New Jerusalem (1985): a Samaritan town
Lectionary (1998): fallen
The Vulgate (circa 410): venerat
Douay-Rheims (1582-1610): come upon
New American (1970): fallen
New Jerusalem (1985): come down
Venerat carries the notion of come. I am not getting into the Greek here. Three of the other translations carry the notion of come.
Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20 (1)
For more on sources see the Appendix file.
 Stanley B. Marrow, “KosmoV in John,” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 64, No. 1 (January 2002) 98.
The Josephites and Leadership
Development in the African-American Catholic Community
For a list of such miracles see
 John Kloppenborg, “An Analysis of the Pre-Pauline Formula 1 Cor 15:3b-5 In Light of Some Recent Literature," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 3 (July 1978) 361.
 Dennis Hamm, S.J., “What the Samaritan Leper Sees: The Narrative Christology of Luke 17:11-19,” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 56, No. 2 (April 1994) 281.