The readings for this Pentecost Sunday are being prepared May 19, 2017, as President Donald Trump sets off on his foreign relations trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican.  Trump is scheduled to address Islam in Saudi Arabia.  In his program May On May 18, Raymond Arroyo reported minimally on this and gave most of his program to Patrick Buchanan.  Among other things, Buchanan had an opportunity to proclaim his disappointment at the removal of statues honoring Confederate traitors to democracy in the United States, like Robert E. Lee.  Buchanan touted himself as a Catholic power behind Richard Nixon.

 

 

Material above the solid line draws from material below the solid line.  Those uninterested in scholarly and tangential details should stop reading here.  If they do, however, they may miss some interesting material.

 

Readings

First Reading:                    Acts 2:1-11

Responsorial Psalm:          Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 (cf. 30)

Second Reading:               1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13

Alleluia:                             non-Scriptural

Gospel:                             John 20:19-23

 

Annotated Bibliography

 

 

Acts 2:1-11

Acts 2:3-4

Jack Levison, “A Theology of the Spirit in the Letter to the Hebrews”[1]

 

 

Acts 2:4

Benjamin A. Edsall, “Persuasion and Force in Acts:  A Response to C. Kavin Rowe”[2]

 

 


 

Acts 2:4

José Enrique Aguilar Chiu, “A Theological Reading of exepneusen in Mark 15:37,39”[3]

 

 

Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 (cf. 30)

Psalm 104:1-9, 24-26

Michael R. Simone, S.J., review of James S. Anderson, Monotheism and Yahweh’s Appropriation of Baal[4]

After carefully reviewing the arguments made by Anderson, Simone concludes, “The result is an interesting argument that does not quite convince.”

 

Psalm 104:30

Kevin W. Irwin, The Sacraments:  Historical Foundations and Liturgical Theology[5]

 

 

Psalm 104:31

Denis Edwards, “`Sublime Communion’:  The Theology of the Natural World in Laudato Si’[6]

 

 

1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13

1 Cor 12:3

Matthew W. Bates, review of Wesley Hill, Paul and the Trinity:  Persons, Relations and the Pauline Letters[7]

 

 

1 Cor 2:3

Julien Smith, review of Wesley Hill, Paul and the Trinity:  Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters[8]

 

 

1 Cor 2:3

José Enrique Aguilar Chiu, “A Theological Reading of exepneusen in Mark 15:37,39”[9]

 

 

1 Cor 2:4-11

Michael Winger, “The Meaning of Pneuma in the Letters of Paul:  A Linguistic analysis of Sense and Reference”[10]

 

 

1 Cor 12:4, 11

Jack Levison, “A Theology of the Spirit in the Letter to the Hebrews”[11]

 

 

non-Scriptural

 

 

John 20:19-23

The Church uses this reading for visits to the sick.[12]

 

John 20:19-21

Richard W. Miller, “Deep Responsibility for the Deep Future”[13]

 

 

John 20:22

Mary Coloe, review of Carlos Raúl Sosa Siliezar, Creation Imagery in the Gospel of John[14]

 

 

John 20:22

José Enrique Aguilar Chiu, “A Theological Reading of exepneusen in Mark 15:37,39”[15]

 

 

John 20:30-31

James Swetnam, S.J., review of Yao Adingra Justin Kouamé, Commencement d’un parcours:  Une étude exégétique et théologique de Jn 3, 1-21[16]

 

 

For more on sources see the Appendix file.  A complete set of Personal Notes, dating from the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 14, 2002 to the present, is on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes. 

 

 

 

In the gobbledygook prayer at Sunday Mass immediately following the Gloria, the Faithful hearing the 2011 Roman Missal can listen for “across the face of the earth.”[17]  The Responsorial Antiphon for this Sunday is Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth (Psalm 104: cf. 30).[18]  Between November 25, 2011 and November 25, 2012, Personal Notes systematically examined the illiterate 2011 Missal.  For a more thorough examination of the illiterate 2011 Roman Missal, go to 1610 Missal: Thirty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 121125.pdf/htm at http://www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes/Personal%20Notes.htm.

 

 

This is a call for grace that some Black Baptists bring to mind with And she said. I will surely go with thee:  notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman (from Judges 4:9).[19] 

 

Addenda

 

Due to greater responsiveness at the National Catholic Reporter blog, beginning with the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Reading 032B, March 15, 2015, my interest began shifting from annotating my index here, to engaging conversation there.  I may keep up the Bibliography, but without further comment.  Time will tell.  Beginning with the Second Sunday of Easter, April 23, 2017, my interest began shifting back toward annotating  the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

 

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, I discovered that my web site, www.western-civilization.com was receiving 1000 hits per day, from the United States, most of which were for these readings.  That complicates my priorities, priorities that require balancing between developing these Personal Notes, engaging writing on the National Catholic Reporter at https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today, developing a Cleveland Organizing Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), attending to my archival resources at the Western Reserve Historical Society, and preparing my 1972 dissertation, “Cleveland and the Negro following World War II” for publication at least on the web.  I am the founding president of the Hampton Roads Branch of ASALH, from which the movie “Hidden Figures” arose, meaning that these priorities have potential consequences of note.

 

Raymond Arroyo, “The World Over,” on EWTN uses fear-mongering, rather than the Joy of the Gospel to entrance its viewers.  Pat Buchanan fits that approach.  In the past, Arroyo has responded to my concerns, particularly the Reverend Robert A. Sirico, who rarely appears anymore, with his drivel.  Beginning, May 3, 2015, I intend to begin pointing out, here, the role fear, rather than joy, has in “The World Over.” 

 

By July 31, I had identified a pattern of attack on Pope Francis by Arroyo.  The attack is on what the Pope is preaching about climate change and capitalism.  In the United States Republicans have firm opposition to such sermonizing, as the forthcoming Trump administration will show . . . or not.

 

As, on June 23, 2015, I prepared Reading 110B for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary time for July 26, I decided to begin reading unread book reviews and articles from Theological Studies for two reasons.  The first is I have already read every article cited in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.  The second is that traditionally Theological Studies articles have been more helpful to my prayer life.  I also began reading unread book reviews in the Biblical Quarterly.  Beginning with the Second Sunday of Easter, April 23, 2017, I realized the Reformation Commentary on Scripture was doing little for my prayer-life and I began to drift away from the time-consuming details I had been recording.  I intend to keep on reading that Commentary, however.

 

 



[1] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 1 (January 2016) 101, 103, 104.

 

[2] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78. No. 1 (January 2016) 490.

 

[3] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 4 (October 2016) 700.

 

[4] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 79, No. 1 (January 2017) 112.

 

[5] (New York:  Paulist Press, 2016) 263.

 

[6] Theological Studies, Vol. 77, No. 2 (June 2016) 381.

 

[7] Theological Studies, Vol. 77, No. 1 (March 2016) 219.

 

[8] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 3 (July 2016) 550.

 

[9] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 4 (October 2016) 689, 693, 698.

 

[10] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 4 (October 2016) 706. 708, 712, 714, 717.

 

[11] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 1 (January 2016) 101.

 

[12] 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) 267.

 

[13] Theological Studies, Vol. 77, No. 2 (June 2016) 463.

 

[14] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 2 (April 2016) 380.

 

[15] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 4 (October 2016) 682, 702.

 

[16] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 4 (October 2016) 780.

 

[17] n.a., The Roman Missal:  Renewed by Decree of the Most Holy Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, Promulgated by Authority of Pope Paul VI and Revised at the Direction of Pope John Paul II:  English Translation According to the Third Typical Edition:  For Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America:  Approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Confirmed by the Apostolic See (Washington, DC, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011) 453.  Personal Notes refers to this book as the Missal.

 

[18] National Conference of Catholic Bishops, The Roman Missal Restored by Decree of the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican and Promulgated by Authority of Pope Paul VI: Lectionary for Mass:  For Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America:  Second Typical Edition:  Volume I:  Sundays, Solemnities, Feasts of the Lord and the Saints (Collegeville, Minnesota:  The Liturgical Press, 1988) 480.  Personal Notes refers to this book as the Lectionary.

 

[19] UMI Annual Sunday School Lesson Commentary:  Precepts for Living ®: 2016-2017:  International Sunday School Lessons:  Volume 19:  UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), A. Okechuku Ogbonnaya, Ph.D., (ed.) (Chicago, IL  60643: UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), 2016) 428-429.