That God is covering the backs of the Faithful is the
unifying theme of these readings for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Lectionary
begins with Exodus, as God begins to reveal himself as Father, in addition to
the all-powerful God.
Psalm 100 portrays God as the Good Shepherd, again covering the backs of his Faithful flock. The Lectionary uses this Psalm as follows.
Lectionary Verses used
51C 399 1-2, 3, 5 (3c) Easter Four
91A 346 1-2, 3, 5 (3c) Ordinary Eleven
#19 1079 2, 3, 5 (3c) Common Texts
The Lectionary exhibits sloppy scholarship by documenting the same reading as verses 1-2 twice and as verse 2 once. The backs of the Faithful do need covering as they pray the Lectionary.
Romans invites the Faithful to contemplate God in the
The image is
of the Father offering his Son as a guarantee of his love, as
The Gospel of
Matthew dialogues with the Pharisees in presenting
is dear to the Josephites who name their magazine The Josephite Harvest.
That, however, gets ahead of the story, because
In chapters 8
In the first
verse of the Lectionary,
The 91A Lectionary
readings for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time encourage the Faithful to
contemplate their God covering their backs as they Exodus out of this life into
the next. God protects the Faithful as a fatherly Good Shepherd, reconciling
himself to the Faithful, despite their sins. In his dialogue with the Pharisees
for the benefit of the Faithful readers and listeners,
For more on sources see the Appendix file.
John Paul Heil, “From Remnant to Seed of Hope for
 International Commission on English in the Liturgy: A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences, The Roman Ritual: Revised by Decree of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and published by Authority of Pope Paul IV: Order of Christian Funerals: Including Appendix 2: Cremation: 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 (New Jersey: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1998) 223.
 Joseph Plevnik, S.J., “The Understanding of God at the Basis of Pauline Theology," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 4 (October 2003) 562.
 Jack Dean Kingsbury, “The Developing Conflict between Jesus and the Jewish Leaders in Matthew’s Gospel: a Literary-Critical Study," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 49, No. 1 (January 1987) 62.
 John Paul Heil, “Ezekiel 34 and the Narrative Strategy of the Shepherd and Sheep Metaphor in Matthew," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 55, No. 4 (October 1993) 698, 700-705.
 Reinhard Pummer, “New Evidence for Samaritan Christianity?" the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 1 (January 1979) 98-117.
 John Paul Heil, “Ezekiel 34 and the Narrative Strategy of the Shepherd and Sheep Metaphor in Matthew," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 55, No. 4 (October 1993) 702.
 Jack Dean Kingsbury, “Observations on the “Miracle Chapters” of Mathew 8-9," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 4 (October 1978) 565.
 W. R. G. Loader, “Son of David, Blindness, Possession, and Duality in Matthew,” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 4 (October 1982) 571.