The Responsorial Antiphon is Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.  There is plenty about which to be brokenhearted in the Roman Catholic Church, beginning with the new 2011 illiterate Missal the Vatican is foisting upon the Faithful.  Besides the coverup associated with the development of the Missalwhich Latin was translated, who did each translation, the effect of Italian grammar on the result — the coverup associated with, sexual abuse is a daily abomination. 

For example, Joe Paterno, football coach in the Diocese of Philadelphia, expressed his sorrow at his own alleged coverup of sexual abuse with “I wish I had done more.”[1]  Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden commented, “He’ll face up to it.”[2]  No Roman Catholic Bishop has come close to any such sentiment.  The media is noting relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and Penn State University in the current sexual coverup scandals.[3]  The scandal leaves the Faithful brokenhearted for the Lord to heal.



First Reading:         Job 7:1-4, 6-7

Psalm:                    Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (cf. 3a)

Second Reading     1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23

Alleluia                    Matthew 8:16

Gospel:                   Mark 1:29-39



Annotated Bibliography

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


Job 7:1-4, 6-7

Meaning changes significantly between the Lectionary and NABRE.

Verse  Lectionary                                    NABRE

1        . . . man’s life . . .                         . . . life . . .

          The Lectionary is needlessly sexist.

3        . . . misery                                  . . . futility

          In contrast to the Lectionary, the NABRE urges the listener to keep trying.

4        If in bed I say, “When shall I arise?     When I lie down I say, “When shall I arise?”

          The Lectionary arousal in bed carries sexual implications missing from the NABRE.


Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (cf. 3a)

Meaning changes significantly between the Lectionary and NABRE.

Verse  Lectionary                                    NABRE

1               Lectionary          Praise the LORD, for he is good . . . for he is gracious

NABRE              How good to sing praise to our God . . . to give fitting praise

          The Lectionary uses the adjectives to describe the LORD.  The NABRE uses adjectives to describe praise.


1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23

1 Corinthians 9:17

Daniel B. Wallace, With Scripture, Subject, and Greek Word Indexes: Greek Grammar:  Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament[4]

Wallace is overly technical, describing aspects of voice and mood.  Wallace, however, has something useful, where he writes, “. . . `if’ invites the reader to dialogue.”  If I do so willingly . . . but if unwillingly . . .  Wallace also points out that if might be translated here, inaccurately, since.  Since I do so willingly . . . but since unwillingly . . .  The point is that examination of the grammar invites the Faithful into a dialogue with Saint Paul.  The dialogue is about just how willingly the Faithful lead their Christian lives.  Here, there is room for discussion.


1 Cor 9:1-18

Victor Paul Furnish, review of Paul Barnett, Paul: Missionary of Jesus[5]

Furnish reports that Barnett, “will be fully persuasive only to those who share his high estimate of the historical veracity of the NT sources and who are willing to accept his often-problematic historical reasoning and judgments.”  This historian is not so willing.  Furnish gets more specific, “1 Cor 9:1-18 is an actual apologia, presented as if Cephas [i.e. Peter] (who had himself visited Corinth) were Paul’s examiner, and the Gospels were indeed written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, respectively.”  In a word, Barnett overstates his historical case.


Matthew 8:16


Mark 1:29-39

Mark 1:29-31

Bonnie B. Thurston, review of Adela Yarbro Collins, Mark:  A Commentary[6]

Thurston reports that Collins “deservedly will be the gold standard in Western scholarship for the foreseeable future . . . ”  That said, Thurston also quibbles, “there is, for example, rigorous feminist scholarship that has been recognized as helpful and legitimate, but it is sotto voce here even in texts that invite it . . . for example, in the pericope of Peter’s mother-in-law (1:29-31) there is one reference to feminist scholarship (175 n. 107) . . . ”  Thurston thinks there should be more such references.


Mark 1:35-38

Leif E. Vaage, “An Other Home:  Discipleship in Mark as Domestic Asceticism”[7]

In a section, “The Twelve, in Mark, Are Failed Disciples,” Vaage argues, “Jesus works with the Twelve in Mark, giving them every conceivable opportunity to learn the hard lesson he has to impart—although notably, with a growing sense of frustration at their unflagging failure to grasp what he embodies and displays before them.”  The Faithful can readily internalize the feelings of Jesus toward the Twelve with their own feelings toward the hierarchic descendants of the Twelve.


The Prayer after Communion lacks noun-verb agreement, “O God, who have willed . . .  Standard American English would use subject-verb agreement in number, O God, who has willed . . . .[8]


Fortunately, salvation depends on the Faith of Jesus, rather than the works of the Faithful.  Even if the Faithful do not pray in the best idiomatic standard American English, God can make up the difference.  As the Protestant Revolutionary Johannes Brenz (1499-1570) worded it,


Faith by itself is an imperfect work, just like any other good work done by human beings, but when it accepts Christ it is reckoned and counted as faith for perfect righteousness, not because of the value of the work but because of the Christ who has been received by that work of faith.[9]


Through the 2011 illiterate Missal, The Vatican is pushing American-speaking Catholics into second-class citizenship within the church, something to which Black Catholics can relate.  As the UMI Annual Commentary puts it, “God has always accepted people based upon their trust in Him.”[10]  This means the Faithful can see past the Missal to the true love of God for all humanity.



For my background and more on sources see the Appendix file.  Personal Notes are on the web site at

[1] N.a., “U.S./Politics:  Pennsylvania State :University was rocked by a child sex abuse scandal,” The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, November 12-13, 2011, page A 6, col. 1; n.a. Harrisburg, Pa., “Grand jury report:  Officials failed to act over and over, Continued from 1A,” USA Today, Friday, November 11, 2011, page 2A, column 1.


[2] From wire reports, “Bowden:  Paterno was `a little negligent,’” USA Today, Monday, November 14, 2011, page 4 C, column 2.


[3] Raymond Arroyo, the Encore Presentation on ETWN, “The World Over,” Thursday, November 17, 2011.  I do not own the technology required to record this program, and accept the risk associated therewith.


[4] Grand Rapids: Michigan: Zondervan, 1996, 690, 691,708, 711 (for the quotation).


[5] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 71, No. 1 (January 2009) 156.


[6] Theological Studies, Vol. 71, No. 1 (March 2010) 211.


[7] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 71, No. 4 (October 2009) 745, 753, 760.


[8] 3. Grammatical Sentences, 15 Agreement, a subject and verb,  H. Ramsey Fowler and Jane E. Aaron, Eleventh Edition:  The Little, Brown Handbook (New York:  Longman, 2010) 301-308.


[9] Johannes Brenz, “Abraham Saved by His Faith, Not by His Deeds, Explanation of Galatians,” Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament X: Galatians, Ephesians, (ed.) Gerald L. Bray. (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic, An Imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2011), 95.


[10] February 5, 2012, Bible Study Guide 10, UMI Annual Commentary:  Precepts for Living, Vincent E. Bacote, Ph.D., (ed.) (Chicago, IL  60643: UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), 2011) 273.