Preach is the word for these readings. Within the context of the magisterium, preaching causes a problem in that the present magisterium delivers its imprimatur on vertical, top-down communication, without providing for horizontal or peer-to-peer communication. The reason peer-to-peer communication cannot be omitted is because peer-to-peer communication, not parent-to-child communication, is essential for the psychological establishment of character and meaningful commitment.
The Feast of Cana suits this contemplation, as
Job 7:1-4, 6-7
verse 6:1 Job spoke, saying:
The 6:1 location for this verse is not cited in the Lectionary.
verse 1 Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?
The meaning taken here is that action-preaching can be a rather dreary affair.
Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted is the antiphon. Praise is a form of peer-to-peer preaching.
verse 3 He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
verse 1c it is fitting to praise him.
Fitting carries the notion of justice.
verse 2b the
The Latin uses the future tense, congregabit. Gathers is something ever-present. Once gathered, expect preaching, because God loves the Faithful to show him off.
verse 3a He heals the brokenhearted
verse 6b the wicked he casts to the ground.
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
verse 16 If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast,
for an obligation has been imposed on me,
and woe to me if I do not preach it!
verse 18 What then is my recompense?
That, when I preach,
I offer the gospel free of charge
so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.
Because verse 20 is omitted from the Lectionary, a recent scholarly translation may help.
As he [Paul] wrote to the “strong” at Corinth, “I became to the Jews like a Jew, in order that I might gain Jews; to those under the Law, like one under the Law—though I myself am not under the Law—in order that I might gain those under the Law” (1 Cor 9:20).
Under the Law is
verse 22 To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak.
I have become all things to all, to save at least some.
In the seminary a retired priest by the name of
verse 29 On Leaving the synagogue
A scholar points out that this is the first mention of
verse 33 The whole town was gathered at the door.
Door presumes a house.
verse 34 He cured many who were sick with various diseases…
Without a comma in the Greek,
verse 35 Rising very early before dawn, he left
and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
A scholar points out that the wilderness of Mark 1:2-8 is “a narrative symbol for homelessness.” In line with this thought, deserted place is somewhere, homelessness, other than a household. Prayer is appropriate outside the household. Prayer is the joy of contemplation of God, preaching is the result of that joy. Too much preaching is like too much joy, meaning that an empty barrel makes the most noise. Contemplation fills the barrel.
For pursued, the grammarian offers the sense of hunted down,
verse 38 He told them,”Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
verse 39 So he went into their synagogues,
preaching and driving out demons
throughout the whole of
A scholar notes, “The intimate association of the Twelve
Preaching is the
word for these readings. The preaching
of Job is drudgery. The preaching of
source for this is a television program on leadership probably between Thursday
 Indented verse quotations are taken from 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 Saints (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1998).
 Joel Marcus, “`Under the Law’: The Background of a Pauline Expression," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 63, No. 1 (January 2001) 72.
 E. Best, “Peter in the Gospel According to Mark," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 4 (October 1978) 548.