Church and Earth are similar. Both Earth and Church appear to be quite stable and unchanging. The history of the tectonic plates and the church, however, reveal significant changes over time. In reality, both Church and Earth are dynamic entities. Tectonic plates illustrate the dynamism of Earth as patriarchal sexism illustrates the dynamism of Church.
Patriarchal sexism furnished a
theme for the last time through these readings,
associates prophecies about nations making a pilgrimage to Zion with Paul’s
conception of his mission to the nations.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20
Methods for Studying and Praying the Psalms
First Principle “Today” Has Its Own
Second Principle Read the Text of the Psalm
Third Principle: Read the Text with Imagination
Fourth Principle: Read the Psalms According to Its Key Words
Fifth Principle: Read the Psalm with Other Parallel Passages
Sixth Principle: Read the Psalms according to the Liturgy and Classic Spiritual Writers
A phrase was coined for these
works: each favors its own canon within the canon. “Canon” refers to the list of books within the
Bible. Almost all important documents
and vigorous thinkers prefer some books to other ones. [I prefer the Gospel of Matthew.] Even New Testament writers and
To pursue this principle in studying the psalms, the first requirement is to read the document carefully. At times biblical phrases are woven into the fabric of someone’s works, perhaps subconsciously, without explicit citations. In contemporary works, authors are generally careful to mention their source, at least in footnotes. Liturgical documents, prayers, readings, and antiphons normally, though by no means always, include in parenthesis the name of the biblical book, its chapter and verse.
Psalms supply most frequently the biblical quotations in the liturgy, whether for the Eucharist, for the Liturgy of the Hours (Prayer for Christians), or for administering the sacraments.
For feasts of
With liturgical books, or the Fathers of the church, or the great spiritual classics at one’s elbow, a person can spend many hours, for great religious benefit, studying the major psalms and their relation to our readings and antiphons. Toward the beginning of this section presenting the sixth principle for studying the psalms, the maximum of a “canon within a canon” was cited, that is, one’s favorite books or prized psalms. At the end there is a reference to still another maxim, lex orandi, lex credendi the law or practice of praying becomes the law or practice of professing one’s faith. Within the Christian community at prayer with the psalms, there developed the main lines of the community’s theology and spirituality.
Seventh Principle: Consult Commentaries
Polaski makes more sense out of Paul than anything else that I have seen. In reviewing Polaski, Thimmes uses the words new creation at least nine times, on one page. New creation is the core of Pauline theology. Paul is not a systematic theologian, but a developing theologian, as he works through how he should respond to his insights about what God is doing. To quote Thimmes quoting Polaski, “Polaski’s goal is to explore `the possibility that the `seams’ or inconsistencies in Paul’s arguments are clues to the growing edges of his theology’ (p. 83). For example, Paul’s letters contain numerous inconsistencies and tensions about his own practices of division, exclusion, curses, silencing, and ridicule of those with whom he disagrees, and even as Paul claims authority he recognizes that he is an unlikely locus of authority.”
Peace be to all who follow this rule and to the Israel of God. Max Zerwick, S.J., shows that the Greek is more like an apposition, so that all who follow this rule and Israel are the same. In English the and can easily be read as a conjunction, so that all who follow this rule and Israel are different.
“… implicitly defining the Church of Christ as `the Israel of God’ (Gal 6:16) …”
Zewerk does not think marks, in the Greek, refers to a stigmata, but to scars left from scourging.
Alleluia: Colossians 3:15a, 16a
Compares the disciples here, in Luke
“Oral transmission does not produce a series of literary layers, but is a set of distinct performances. The significance of this point is crucial, for scholars have usually used tools of literary criticism rather than analyses of performance practice to explore the development of the tradition. Undoubtedly, these performances began while Jesus was alive (see Lk 9:1-10; 10:1-17 [used this Sunday]) the notion that `tradition’ only began after the resurrection is untenable.”
“Rather than being troubled by the differences between Jesus’ missionary instructions and Paul’s practice, the audience was expected to view Paul as fulfilling the essence of the instructions (cf. Luke 9:1-6; 10:1-12 [used this Sunday]; Acts 13:51; 20:33-35).”
For more on sources see the Appendix file. Personal Notes are on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 68, No. 2 (April 2006) 284.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 68, No. 2 (October 2006) 345.
 Theological Studies, Vol. 68, No. 1 (January 2007) 108.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 2 (April 2006) 267, 276, 278, 279.
 Theological Studies, Vol. 68, No. 1 (March 2007) 21.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 69, No. 1 (January 2007) 82.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 2 (April 1988) 252, 259.