The theme for this Sunday is participation in the
Communion of Saints. The following
topics are included. Leviticus 13:1-2,
44-46, which explains the context for the leper who asked
1 Corinthians 10:31—11:1, the main concentration for
this theme, is about modeling the Christian life through the Saints, beginning
with Saint Paul. This section digs into
the Greek for a fuller exploration of the meaning of the original text. This section also digs into the theology of
both the modeling role and the intercessory role of the Saints. This section on Corinthians is also about
scandal. Finally, Mark 1:40-45
illustrates the theme through an example from the life of
The Communion of Saints is all of the Faithful, both
living and dead, including Jesus. The
first reading from Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46, sets up the miracle
Psalm 32 is about the High Priest, ultimately
Psalm 32:5 mentions cleansing faults, without distinguishing between voluntary and involuntary faults, within the Communion of Saints. Involuntary faults arise out of the unconscious either to become voluntary sins or turn into virtue. That is what Psalm 32:5 means by confessing sins so that the admission can take away guilt.
1 Corinthians 10:31-1:11 is about modeling Jesus. Sacred Scripture does not say whether
The original Greek text of the Epistle causes me a time problem. The side margins of the Greek text call attention to duplicate and parallel passages. There are sixteen references for 1 Corinthians 10:31—11:1. Eight of these references are to other Lectionary readings. The New Jerusalem Bible only has five such references. I would like to correlate these Greek readings from now on, as I continue, but do not have the research time. When I finish reading the Greek Epistles in three years, God willing, I will then have the time to develop the correlations to other places in the Lectionary. If someone else (ability to read Greek is not necessary) wants to do the work, I will furnish the Greek text. The first purpose of these Personal Notes is annotating the index to the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, not sharing my musings about either the Greek or the spiritual life.
The critical apparatus for the Greek only has two divergent manuscripts, with apparently insignificant discrepancies. The most interesting Greek is the imperative verb for be: whether blameless, I Corinthians 10:32, or imitators of Christ, 1 Corinthians 11:1. The Greek middle imperative tense carries for me the sense of wanting to be blameless or imitators or both.
The key to the verses is intentionality, as
Since Vatican II, prayer to the Saints has become problematic, especially intercessory prayer. This is particularly tricky for me, because I like to pray for miraculous healing through the intercession of Mother Mary Lange. As the founder of the Sisters of Providence, a Black order of Catholic sisters, Mother Mary Lange is a spiritual neighbor who exemplifies the intention of loving God. Serving as a model, she is a source of grace.
1 Corinthians 10:32 is about fitting in as to what the people expect and need. The Lectionary uses the word please.
Saint Jerome also uses the Latin for please,
placeo. The position of
This concern for avoiding scandal is a source for the
current cover-up scandal of the hierarchy.
In covering up clerical crimes for fear of scandalizing the Faithful,
the hierarchy committed an even greater scandal. Not hesitating to accuse his disciples of
such crimes as denying him,
The readings for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time,
Cycle B are about the Communion of Saints as found in the Church. The Church furnishes Saints as models of
Christian life. Through her liturgy, the
Church herself sometimes invokes the Saints for the graces of life. Saint Paul encourages the modeling effort. Psalm 32 models for the expiation of sin, expiation
required for the Christian life. Mark
shows the compassion of
For more on sources see the Appendix file. Personal Notes are on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes
 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) 282.
Margaret Barker, The Great high
Margaret Barker, The Great high
 Calvin J. Roetzel, review of Frank J. Matera, II Corinthians: A Commentary in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 66, No 4 (October 2004) 661.
 All of the readings for 1 Corinthians 10:31—11:1 are on page 571 of 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). Verse 31 refers to page 580, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time A, 1 Corinthians 3:17. Verse 32 refers to page 31, Second Sunday of Advent C, Philippians 1:10. Verse 33 refers to pages 553, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time B, 1 Corinthians 9:20-22; 168, Second Sunday of Lent C; Philippians 3:17; 872, Philippians 4:9 Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time A; 918, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary time A, 1 Thessalonians 1:6; and 790, 2 Thessalonians 3:7 and 9.
 The NJB references are: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 1 Corinthians 1:2a; Romans 15:2; 2 Corinthians 10:24+ and 2 Thessalonians 3:7b. Three of the five NJB references match the five Greek references. Because the NJB does not go into detail about its differences with the Greek, my intention is to stay with the Greek, when I get there.
 Patricia A. Sullivan, “A Reinterpretation of Invocation and Intercession of the Saints,” Theological Studies, Vol. 66, No. 2 (June 2005) 387.
 Patricia A. Sullivan, “A Reinterpretation of Invocation and Intercession of the Saints,” Theological Studies, Vol. 66, No. 2 (June 2005) 397.
 Patricia A. Sullivan, “A Reinterpretation of Invocation and Intercession of the Saints,” Theological Studies, Vol. 66, No. 2 (June 2005) 393.
 John Fotopoulos, “Arguments Concerning Food Offered to Idols: Corinthian Quotations and Pauline Refutations in a Rhetorical Partitio (1 Corinthians 8:1-9),” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 67, No. 4 (October 2005) 619.
 Jeremy Corley, “The Pauline Authorship of 1 Corinthians 13," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 66, No. 2 (April 2004) 259-260.
 Jack Dean Kingsbury, “Observations on the "Miracle Chapters" of Matthew 8-9," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 4 (October 1978) 560.
 Richard Bauckham, Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels (Grand Rapids, Michigan/ Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002) 289.