Bravery and courage to face the unknown is the point
of the following Lectionary readings.
Wisdom is about the mystery of death; Psalm 30 is about the mystery of
the magnificence of God; 2 Corinthians is about the mystery that is
The reading from the Book of Wisdom makes the philosophical point that God permits, but does not directly cause death, sickness, or the devil. Why evil exists is a mystery. How that evil is translated into English is also something of a mystery. Wisdom 1:14 proclaims, “there is not a destructive drug among them,” the creatures of the world. There are other translations
Lectionary (1998): there is not a destructive drug among them
The Vulgate (circa 410): et non est in illis medicamentum exterminii
Douay-Rheims (1582-1610): no poison of destruction
New American (1970): there is not a destructive drug among them
New Jerusalem (1985): in them is no fatal poison
A transliteration of the Latin looks like medicine. Drug strikes me as having too many contemporary implications, unintended in the original manuscript. I like poison.
The Lectionary seems afraid of the mysteries of life, when it omits Psalm 30:10 that death separates the deceased not only from the living, but also from God. The point of the Psalm, however, is not to worry, because God is mighty and does all things well. Psalm 30 and 107 are the two Psalms offering declarative praise or thanksgiving.
The Gospel is about two people brought low by sickness and
death. Mark 5:21-43 is in a difficult
style, sandwiching the story of the hemorrhaging woman inside the story of
Mark 5:22, 35, 36
Lectionary (1998): synagogue officials…synagogue official’s…synagogue official
The Vulgate (circa 410): archisynagogis…archisynagogo…archisynagogo
Douay-Rheims (1582-1610): rulers of the synagogue…ruler of the synagogue’s…ruler of the synagogue
New American (1970): synagogue officials…synagogue official’s…synagogue official
New Jerusalem (1985): president of the synagogue…president of the synagogue
Because of the democratic implications, I like the thought that Jairus was the president of the synagogue. For lack of time, later, but not now, I may look at the original Greek. This is the first time I am contemplating the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time in Cycle B. I have already done Cycles A and C for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The mystery is why
Scholars focus on two other mysteries: first, of what was
the woman afraid; second, why does the Gospel of Mark show the bad side of
Peter. Males tend to think that the
woman may have been afraid of God. That,
however, seems unlikely, because the woman would have been healed and no longer
afraid of dying. It seems more likely
that she was afraid of having offended
Bauckham wonders whether to evaluate the fear of the woman positively or negatively. Bauckham is not sure whether the woman had a legitimate reason to fear. Jesus reacts by putting the woman at ease, admiring her faith (Mark 5:42-34). This mystery I leave as a mystery.
E. Best wonders whether
Mark 5:37, where
In the Gospel of Mark, the question is not only who
Healing is more important for relationships than for
physical health. In this way, the
The readings for this Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time show courage in the face of sickness and death, all within the political mystery of who gets what. The Faithful know that even such possessions as good health have no merit outside the love of God.
What I already folded into the Catholic Biblical Quarterly index at the time I wrote, three years ago, is now repeating. Basically, this means that only new material, entered in the last three years, needs incorporation. This may also mean that anyone interested in material older than three years needs to go to the older version. More importantly, new versions may be significantly shorter.
For more on sources see the Appendix file. Personal Notes are on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes
E. Best, “
 Jack Dean Kingsbury, Observations on the "Miracle Chapters" of Matthew 8-9, the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 4 (October 1978) 560.