[RJJ1]These Personal Notes will continue for sixty days waiting for a response from the Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L, D.D. who was recently appointed head of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Review of [liturgical] Scripture Translations by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. My purpose is to improve scholarly use of the Lectionary, at least by improving documentation of verses used. While waiting for a reply, I will note discrepancies because they are discrepancies.
For example, in the readings for this Sunday, Nehemiah uses nostro! in the Nova
Vulgata but your, without an
exclamation point in the Lectionary.
Just as the audience for these Notes is special, so
was the audience for Nehemiah,
Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10
Within the context of Ezra, assembly refers to those whose ancestors returned from Exile. The assembly
is a very special group of people. There
is some tension here between the priests and the prophet, with the prophet
Nehemiah implicitly portrayed as the more righteous. Anti-clericalism is a similar tension between
the educated Faithful and the professional clergy. Tension is no problem. Neither is dealing with tension. God wants the Faithful to glorify him in much
the same way as
Lectionary (1998): your
The Vulgate (circa 410): nostro!
Douay-Rheims (1582-1610): our
New American (1970): your
New Jerusalem (1985): our
Like the Lectionary,
Just because the Faithful confront tensions among themselves does not make any day less joyous. Faith accepts the covenant that God will make things aright eventually.
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15
The Lectionary uses this Psalm in the following places:
29B 183 8,
9, 10, 11 (
41ABC 335 8,
9, 10, 11 (
69C 527 8,
9, 10, 15 (cf.
105C 706 8, 9, 10, 11 (9a) Ordinary 15
137B 861 8, 10, 12-13, 14 (9a),
Here is another translation of these verses in smoother American English:
verse 8 The Torah of Yhwh is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of Yhwh is trustworthy, making the simple one wise.
verse 9 The precepts of Yhwh are upright, bringing joy to the heart;
the commandment of Yhwh is brilliant, giving light to the eyes.
verse 10 The fear of Yhwh is radiant, enduring forever;
the ordinances of Yhwh are truth; they are altogether righteous.
verse 11 they are more desirable than gold, than fine gold in abundance;
they are sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.
The Jews honored the law that gave them direction. The present assembly of the righteous also values the law, the law more and more understood as a law of nurturing love rather than a law of competitive bargaining.
Lectionary (1998): rock
The Vulgate (circa 410): adiutor
Douay-Rheims (1582-1610): (Psalm 18) helper
New American (1970): rock
New Jerusalem (1985): rock
That God is the rock of salvation is both a personal and group comfort. The religious assembly enjoys a helper like the Rock of Gibraltar, steady, steadfast, and able.
1 Corinthians 12:12-30
The Lectionary avoids those Corinthian passages, Rom
15:14, 2 Cor 7:4, 2 Cor 7:16, 2 Cor 9:1-2, Gal 5:10, 2 Thess 3:4, and Phlm 21, whereby
Saint Paul expresses his own self-confidence. There is confidence in the Gospel passage for
these readings whereby Saint Luke assures Theophilus that the Gospel is correct. Jesus determines what it means to be the
Messiah. Messiahship does not determine
Mariae, the October 16, 2002 Apostolic Letter by Pope John Paul II, refers
to these readings in 1 Corinthians that are spelled out for the Fifth Sunday of
Bishop Serratelli: note verse 21, where the Nova Vulgata uses the exclamation point, but the Lectionary does not.
Lectionary (1998): “I do not need you.” … “I do not need you.”
The Vulgate (circa 410): “Non es mihi necessaria!” … “Non estis mihi necessarii!”
Douay-Rheims (1582-1610): I need not thy help. … I have no need of you.
King James (1611): I have no need of thee:…I have no need of you.
New American (1970): “I do not need you,”…”I do not need you.”
New Jerusalem (1985): `I have no need of you,’…`I have no need of you.’
Lectionary (1998): propriety…presentable
The Vulgate (circa 410): honestatem…honesta
Douay-Rheims (1582-1610): comeliness…comely
New American (1970): propriety…presentable
New Jerusalem (1985): presentable…presentable
As precious as the Assembly of the People of God is, the People of God need one another to work out their salvation. Tensions within the Assembly suit the Divine purposes. Like Jesus, everyone is to look to the Father for solicitude, comfort, and direction.
The first four verses of
Verses 1:2 and
For minister the Greek uses a word that means helping to row a boat.
Lectionary (1998): ministers…attendant
The Vulgate (circa 410): ministri…ministro
Douay-Rheims (1582-1610): ministers…minister
New American (1970): ministers…attendant
New Jerusalem (1985): ministers…assistant
Another translation from verse 2, “as those handed them on to us who were eye-witnesses from the beginning and became servants of the word.”
Verse 1 may be translated, “Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compose a narrative concerning the events which have been brought to their fruition among us.”
Verse 4 may come across as, “so that you might come to appreciate the certainty of the instruction you have received.”
These readings are part of the wonderment of God sharing his
insights with the Faithful Assembly. In
Nehemiah, God, after hiding his law for a while, has it read by the prophets to
the Faithful. The Psalm sings the praise
of the Father, whose words are spirit and life and whose words the Father privileges
the Faithful to hear. Paul, who has the
cross in the background, fits the cross of getting along together into the
Divine Plan. In the Gospel,
For more on sources, besides the footnotes, see the Appendix file.
 David Janzen, Politics, “Settlement, and Temple Community in Persian-Period Yehud,” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 64, No. 3 (July 2002) 492.
 Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P., The Spirituality of the Psalms (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 2002) ISBN 0-8146-2599 15.
 J. Ross Wagner, “From the Heavens to the Heart: The Dynamics of Psalm 19 as Prayer," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 61, No. 2 (April 1999) 254.
 Stanley N. Olson, “Pauline Expressions of confidence in His Addresses," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 47, No. 2 (April 1985) 283.
 Brendan Byrne, S.J., “Jesus as Messiah in the Gospel of Luke: Discerning a Pattern of Correction,” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 1 (January 2003), 82, 95.
 Richard Bauckham, Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels (Grand Rapids, Michigan/ Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002) 150.
 Richard Bauckham, Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels (Grand Rapids, Michigan/ Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002) 302-303.