The sermons I hear on Sundays are more of the Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking, than of raising people from the dead, or carrying the Cross.  Life experience betrays “every day is a great day” Sunday Sermon pabulum.  Victims of abuse within natural and extended families gain little needed guidance from such sermons.

 

God does save the Faithful in real, meaningful terms.  Death leaves voids in the heart difficult either to understand or accept in the context of a loving God.  That God raises the Faithful from the dead helps and can be the cornerstone of Faith.  Death is just something the Faithful, including Jesus the Christ, go through in order to reach the Father.  Death, then, can be a cause for glorifying God as the readings intimate.

 

 

Readings

First Reading:                    2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13

Responsorial Psalm:          Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11 (cf. 5c)

Second Reading:               Galatians 2:16, 19-21

Alleluia:                             1 John 4:10b

Gospel:                             Luke 7:36—8:3

 

Annotated Bibliography

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

 

 

2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13

2 Sam 12:1-15

Karl Allen Kuhn, “Deaf or Defiant?  The Literary, Cultural, and Affective-Rhetorical Keys to the Naming of John (Luke 1:57-80)”[1]

 

 

2 Samuel 12:7

Thomas Adams (1583-1653), “The Sinner’s Passing-Bell”[2]

 

 

2 Samuel 12:8[3]

Andrew Willet (1562-1621), “Harmony on 1 Samuel”

 

Alonso Tostado (1400-1499, Spanish Catholic bishop), “Commentary on 2 Samuel”

 

2 Samuel 12:10

John Calvin (1509-1564), “Sermons on 2 Samuel”[4]

 

 

Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11 (cf. 5c)

Psalm 32:1-2

Alain Gignac, “The Enunciative Device of Romans 1:18—4:25:  A Succession of Discourses Attempting to Express the Multiple Dimensions of God’s Justice”[5]

 

 

Psalm 32:1

Hieronymus Weller von Molsdorf (1499-1572), “Brief Comment on Psalm 4”[6]

 

 

Psalm 32:5[7]

Martin Bucer (1491-1551), “Holy Psalms”

 

Dirk Philips (1504-1568), “The Enchiridion:  The Ban”

 

 

Psalm 32:5

Caspar Huberinus (1500-1553), “On the Eleventh Sunday After Trinity”[8]

 

 

Galatians 2:16, 19-21

Gal 2:15-21

Susan Grove Eastman, review of Martinus C. de Boer, Galatians:  A Commentary[9]

Eastman thinks highly of de Boer.  Three aspects of her review bear focus.  (1) She uses dikaiousunh (righteousness or justification) six times.  De Boer argues “Paul reframes dikaiousunh by disassociating it from law observance and binding it solely to Christ.”  Furthermore, (2) “de Boer argues that Scripture has no authority for Paul”.  (3) “de Boer’s commentary requires us to think deeply about and with the apostle’s own thinking.”

 

Gal 2:15-21

Earl Muller, S.J., review of Jens-Christian Maschmeier, Rechtfertigung bei Paulus:  Eine Kritik alter und neuer Paulusperspektiven[10]

 

 

Gal 2:16

Georges Massinelli, O.F.M., “Christ and the Law in Romans 10:4”[11]

 

 

Galatians 2:19[12]

Weller, “Comments on Psalm 19”

 

Martin Luther (1483-1546), “Defense of the Translation of the Psalms (1531)”

 

Galatians 2:20

Wolfgang Musculus (1497-1563), Commentary on John 3:16”[13]

 

 

Galatians 2:20

“Encyclical Letter Lumen Fidei of the Supreme Pontiff Francis to the Bishops, Priests, and deacons [sic] and lay Faithful on Faith”[14]

 

 

Galatians 2:20

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul:  A New Translation[15]

 

 

Gal 2:20

Scott D. Mackie, “The Two Tables of the Law and Paul’s Ethical Methodology in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and 10:23—11:1”[16]

 

 

Gal 2:20

Edward Collins Vacek, S.J., “Discernment Within a Mutual Love Relationship with God:  A New Theological Foundation[17]

 

 

Gal 2:15-21

Susan M. Elliott, review of George Lyons, Galatians:  A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition[18]

Elliott concludes, “his reading (of Galatians) remains in an ecclesiastical echo chamber circumscribed by its intended (Wesleyan Church of the Nazarene) audience.”

 

Gal 2:19-20

Vincent M. Smiles, review of Gerry Schoberg, Perspectives of Jesus in the Writings of Paul:  A Historical Examination of Shared Core Commitments with a View to Determining the Extent of Paul’s Dependence on Jesus[19]

 

 

1 John 4:10b

 

 

Luke 7:36—8:3

Luke 7:36-50

Mary Ann Beavis, “Mary of Bethany and the Hermeneutics of Remembrance”[20]

 

 

Luke 7:36-50

Andrés García Serrano, “Anna’s Characterization in Luke 2:36-38:  A Case of Conceptual Allusion?”[21]

 

 

Luke 7:36-50

Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel[22]

 

 

Luke 7:36-50

Beth Kreitzer (ed.), “Introduction to Luke”[23]

 

 

Luke 7:36-38

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul:  A New Translation[24]

 

 

Luke 7:36

John Mayer (1583-1664), “A Commentary on the New Testament:  Luke 7:36”[25]

 

 

Luke 7:39

Daniel B. Wallace, With Scripture, Subject, and Greek Word Indexes: Greek Grammar:  Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament[26]

 

 

Luke 7:39

Brian J. Tabb, “Is the Lucan Jesus a `Martyr’?  A Critical Assessment of a Scholarly Consensus”[27]

 

 

Luke 7:39

Mayer, “A Commentary on the New Testament, Luke 7:39”[28]

 

 

Luke 7:47

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul:  A New Translation[29]

 

 

Luke 7:48

Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560), “Theological Commonplaces (1521)”[30]

 

 

Luke 8:2-3

Beth Kreitzer (ed.), “Introduction to Luke”[31]

 

 

For more on sources see the Appendix file.  A complete set of Personal Notes, dating from the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 14, 2002 to the present, is on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes. 

 

 

 

The Responsorial Antiphon for this Sunday is I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me (Psalm 30:2a).[32]

 

In the gobbledygook prayer at Sunday Mass immediately following the forgiveness of sins, the Faithful hearing the 2011 Roman Missal can listen for “strength of those who hope in you.”[33]  For a more thorough examination of the illiterate 2011 Roman Missal, go to 1610 Missal:  Thirty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 121125.pdf/htm at http://www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes/Personal%20Notes.htm.

 

This is a call for grace that some Black Baptists bring to mind with  Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up[ to the prey:  for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger:  for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy (Zephaniah 3:8).[34] 

 

Addenda

 

 

 

By July 31, 2015, I had identified a pattern of attack on Pope Francis by Raymond Arroyo in the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).  The attack is on what the Pope is preaching about climate change and capitalism.  In the United States Republicans have firm opposition to such sermonizing, as the forthcoming campaign for the Republican nomination for President will show . . . or not.  As of May 18, 1916, Arroyo continues to tout Republicans and demean Democrats.

 

I have already read every article cited in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.  At this stage I only read unread book reviews there.  Traditionally Theological Studies articles have been more helpful to my prayer life, but, if I have already read the article, I will cite it without annotation.  In a similar way, I present unread sections in Reformation Commentary on Scripture, viz., Psalms and 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles,

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I intend to begin catching up on material postponed while recovering from the transition of ourselves from Virginia to Ohio and Marty into the next life.  If I ever get three months out, again, I then intend to reevaluate the amount of energy placed into Personal Notes each week.

 

 



[1] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 3 (July 2013) 500.

 

[2] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  Old Testament V:  1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Timothy George (ed.), general editor, Scot M. Manetsch, Associate General editor, Derek Cooper and Martin J. Lohrmann (ed.), (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2016, ISBN 978 0 8308-29552 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 16) 203.

 

[3] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  Old Testament V:  1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Timothy George (ed.), general editor, Scot M. Manetsch, Associate General editor, Derek Cooper and Martin J. Lohrmann (ed.), (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2016, ISBN 978 0 8308-29552 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 16) 120, fn. 16; 161, fn. 11.

 

[4] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  Old Testament V:  1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Timothy George (ed.), general editor, Scot M. Manetsch, Associate General editor, Derek Cooper and Martin J. Lohrmann (ed.), (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2016, ISBN 978 0 8308-29552

 

[5] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 77, No. 3 (July 2015) 481-502.

 

[6] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  Old Testament VII:  Psalms 1—72, Timothy George (ed.), general editor, Scot M. Manetsch, Associate General editor, Herman J. Selderhuis (ed.), (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2015, ISBN 978 0 8308-2957-6 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 15) 41, fn. 15.

 

[7] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  Old Testament VII:  Psalms 1—72, Timothy George (ed.), general editor, Scot M. Manetsch, Associate General editor, Herman J. Selderhuis (ed.), (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2015, ISBN 978 0 8308-2957-6 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 15), 306, fn. 16; 385, fn. 23.

 

[8] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament III:  Luke, Beth Kreitzer (ed.), general editor, Timothy George, associate General editor, Scott M. Manetsch, (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2015:  ISBN 978-0-8308-2014 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 15) 350, fn. 12.

 

[9] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 3 (July 2013) 567.

 

[10] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 1 (January 2013) 163.

 

[11] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 77, No. 4 (October 2015) 711.

 

[12] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  Old Testament VII:  Psalms 1—72, Timothy George (ed.), general editor, Scot M. Manetsch, Associate General editor, Herman J. Selderhuis (ed.), (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2015, ISBN 978 0 8308-2957-6 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 15) 150, fn. 17;  464, fn. 16.

 

[13] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament IV:  John 1—12, Craig S. Farmer (ed.), general editor, Timothy George, Associate General editor, Scott M. Manetsch (ed.), (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2014, ISBN 978 0 8308-2967-5 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 14) 105, fn. 49.

 

[14] L’Osservatore Romano: Weekly Edition in English, Vol. 46, No. 28 (2013), Vatican City Wednesday, 10 July, paragraph 17, page 14/23.

 

[15] Robert J. Edmonson, CJ, (translator) (Brewster, Massachusetts: Paraclete Press, 2006) 80, 295.

 

[16] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 2 (April 2013) 325, 333.

 

[17] Theological Studies, Vol. 74, No. 3 (September 2013) 702.

 

[18] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 1 (January 2014) 148.

 

[19] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 77, No. 3 (July 2015) 567.

 

[20] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 4 (October 2013) 744.

 

[21] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 3 (July 2014) 475, 476.

 

 

[22] Erlanger, Kentucky:  Libreria Editrice Vaticana, DynamicCatholic.com, 2014, 197.

 

 

[23] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament III:  Luke, Beth Kreitzer (ed.), general editor, Timothy George, associate General editor, Scott M. Manetsch, (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2015:  ISBN 978-0-8308-2014 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 15) xlviii.

 

[24] Robert J. Edmonson, CJ, (translator) (Brewster, Massachusetts: Paraclete Press, 2006) 296.

 

[25] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament III:  Luke, Beth Kreitzer (ed.), general editor, Timothy George, associate General editor, Scott M. Manetsch, (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2015:  ISBN 978-0-8308-2014 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 15) 166.

 

[26] Grand Rapids: Michigan: Zondervan, 1996, 448, 663, 694, 695.

 

[27] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 77, No. 2 (April 2015) 298.

 

[28] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament III:  Luke, Beth Kreitzer (ed.), general editor, Timothy George, associate General editor, Scott M. Manetsch, (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2015:  ISBN 978-0-8308-2014 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 15) 228.

 

[29] Robert J. Edmonson, CJ, (translator) (Brewster, Massachusetts: Paraclete Press, 2006) 86.

 

[30] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  Old Testament V:  1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Timothy George (ed.), general editor, Scot M. Manetsch, Associate General editor, Derek Cooper and Martin J. Lohrmann (ed.), (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2016, ISBN 978 0 8308-29552 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 16) 206, fn. 16.

 

[31] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament III:  Luke, Beth Kreitzer (ed.), general editor, Timothy George, associate General editor, Scott M. Manetsch, (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2015:  ISBN 978-0-8308-2014 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 15) xlviii.

 

[32] 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 the Saints (Collegeville, Minnesota:  The Liturgical Press, 1988) 631.  Personal Notes refers to this book as the Lectionary.

 

[33] n.a., The Roman Missal:  Renewed by Decree of the Most Holy Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, Promulgated by Authority of Pope Paul VI and Revised at the Direction of Pope John Paul II:  English Translation According to the Third Typical Edition:  For Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America:  Approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Confirmed by the Apostolic See (Washington, DC, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011) 471.  Personal Notes refers to this book as the Missal.

 

[34] UMI Annual Sunday School Lesson Commentary:  Precepts for Living ®: 2013-2014:  International Sunday School Lessons:  Volume 165:  UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), a. Okechuku Ogbonnaya, Ph.D., (ed.) (Chicago, IL  60643: UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), 2013) 443-444.