When I taught the Assumption as part of my Western Civilization course at a secular college and now on the web at www.Western-Civilization.com, my comment was that if they have not found the body of Mary in 2000 years, such a doctrine was a relatively safe bet.  Matthew offers a better presentation.  His reviewer, John C. Haughey, S.J., concludes,

 

L. is at pains to show how her [Mary’s] assumption is an augur of where all of creation is headed, according to Paul.  “The whole created world will be set free from its bondage to decay” (Rom 8:21 [used here]).  Maryh’s bodily assumption is amn elpoquent piece of evidence indicating that “when the perishable puts oin the imperishable, and the mortal puts oin immorality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written, `Death is swallowed up in victory ‘” (1 Cor 15:54 [used at reading 84C]).  Therefore her destiny prefigures the destiny of all who believe in her son.  The author obviously would think was impoverishing not to have this belief as part of one’s faith.

This belief as a dogma of the Catholic faith was not generated by the hierarchy or the papacy.  It had its start in the fifth century with the faithful’s growing belief that Mary, being “blessed among women,” would include the blessing of her bodily assumption into heaven.  Over the centuries that belief was continually confirmed by the devotional and liturgical life of the faithful.[1]

 

 

Material above the solid line draws from material below the solid line.  Those uninterested in scholarly and tangential details should stop reading here.  If they do, however, they may miss some interesting material.

 

Readings

First Reading                     Isaiah 55:10-11

Responsorial Psalm:          Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14 (Luke 8:8)

Second Reading:               Romans 8:18-23

Alleluia:                            

Gospel:                             Matthew 13:1-23

 

Annotated Bibliography

 

Isaiah 55:10-11

Isaiah 55:1-11

Kevin W. Irwin, The Sacraments:  Historical Foundations and Liturgical Theology

(New York:  Paulist Press, 2016) 267, 268.

 

 

Isaiah 55:11

in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament VI:  Acts, Esther Chung-Kim and Todd R. Hains (eds.), general editor, Timothy George, associate General editor, Scott M. Manetsch, (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2014:  ISBN 978-0-8308-2969-9 (print) P 1 Y 14) 339.

 

 

Isaiah 55:11

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) 142.

 

 

Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14 (Luke 8:8)

Psalm 65:5-13

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) 447-449.

 

 

Romans 8:18-23

Romans 8:18

in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament VIII:  Romans 9—16, Timothy George (ed.), general editor; Scot M. Manetsch, Associate General editor; Philip D. W. Krey and Peter D. S. Krey (ed.), (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2016, ISBN 978 0 8308-2971-2, P 1, Y 16) 125.

 

 

Rom 8:19

Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel 

(Erlanger, Kentucky:  Libreria Editrice Vaticana, DynamicCatholic.com, 2014) 142.

 

 

Romans 8:21

in Scott H. Hendrix, ed. and trans., Early Protestant Spirituality (New York, Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2009) 177.

 

 

Romans 8:23

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) 397.

 

 

Romans 8:23

In Charles E. Curran, Tradition and Church Reform:  Perspectives on Catholic Moral Teaching (Maryknoll, New York  1545-0302:  Orbis Books, 2016) 162.

 

 

Romans 8:24

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) 228.

 

 

Rom 8:22

Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer, “The Unity of Salvation:  Divine Missions, the Church, and World Religions”[2]

 

 

Rom 8:19-21

Emma Wasserman, review of Troels Engberg-Pedersen, Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul:  The Material Spirit[3]

 

 

 

 

Rom 5:18-22

Brendan Byrne, S.J., “A Pauline Complement to Laudato Si’”[4]

 

 

Rom 8:21

John C. Haughey, S.J., review of Matthew Levering, Mary’s Bodily Assumption[5]

See above the solid line.

 

Matthew 13:1-23

Matthew 13:1-23

Kevin W. Irwin, The Sacraments:  Historical Foundations and Liturgical Theology

(New York:  Paulist Press, 2016) 31.

 

 

Matthew 13:3-9, 17

in Scott H. Hendrix, ed. and trans., Early Protestant Spirituality (New York, Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2009) 12, 51, 55.

 

 

Matthew 13:3-8

Sherry A. Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples:  The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus[6]

 

 

Matthew 13:5-6, 11, 23

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) 253, 282, 468.

 

 

Matthew 13:11-12, 16-17

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) 19, 60, 221, 354, 457.

 

Matt 13:11b-12

Sharon Betsworth, review of Peter Yaw Oppong-Kumi, Matthean Sets of Parables[7]

 

 

Matthew 13:11

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) 207.

 

 

Matthew 13:11

Daniel B. Wallace, With Scripture, Subject, and Greek Word Indexes: Greek Grammar:  Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament[8]

 

 

Matt 13:16

Warren Carter, review of Robert K. Macewen, Matthean Posteriority:  An Exploration of Matthew’s Use of Mark and Luke as a Solution to the Synoptic Problem, Robert H. Gundry, Peter:  False Disciple and Apostate according to Saint Matthew, Derek A. Olsen, Reading Matthew with Monks:  Liturgical Interpretation in Anglo-Saxon England[9]

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

In the gobbledygook prayer at Sunday Mass immediately following the Gloria, the Faithful hearing the 2011 Roman Missal can listen for “return to the right path.”[10]  The Responsorial Antiphon for this Sunday is The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest (Luke 8:8).[11]  Between November 25, 2011 and November 25, 2012, Personal Notes systematically examined the illiterate 2011 Missal.  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  Be not afraid of their faces:  for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD (Jeremiah 1:8)[12] 

 

Addenda

 

Due to greater responsiveness at the National Catholic Reporter blog, beginning with the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Reading 032B, March 15, 2015, my interest began shifting from annotating my index here, to engaging conversation there.  I may keep up the Bibliography, but without further comment.  Time will tell.  Beginning with the Second Sunday of Easter, April 23, 2017, my interest began shifting back toward annotating the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

 

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, I discovered that my web site, www.western-civilization.com was receiving 1000 hits per day, from the United States, most of which were for these readings.  That complicates my priorities, priorities that require balancing between developing these Personal Notes, engaging writing on the National Catholic Reporter at https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today, developing a Cleveland Organizing Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), attending to my archival resources at the Western Reserve Historical Society, and preparing my 1972 dissertation, “Cleveland and the Negro following World War II” for publication at least on the web.  I am the founding president of the Hampton Roads Branch of ASALH, from which the movie “Hidden Figures” arose, meaning that these priorities have potential consequences of note.

 

As, on June 23, 2015, I prepared Reading 110B for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary time for July 26, I decided to begin reading unread book reviews and articles from Theological Studies for two reasons.  The first is I have already read every article cited in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.  The second is that traditionally Theological Studies articles have been more helpful to my prayer life.  I also began reading unread book reviews in the Biblical Quarterly.  Beginning with the Second Sunday of Easter, April 23, 2017, I realized the Reformation Commentary on Scripture was doing little for my prayer-life and I began to drift away from the time-consuming details I had been recording.  I intend to keep on reading that Commentary, however.

 

 



[1] John C. Haughey, S.J., review of Matthew Levering, Mary’s Bodily Assumption, Theological Studies, Vol. 77, No. 2 (June 2016) 502.

 

[2] Theological Studies, Vol. 75, No. 2 (June 2014) 262.

 

[3] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 77, No. 2 (April 2015) 369.

 

[4] Theological Studies, Vol. 77, No. 2 (June 2016) 308-327.

 

[5] Theological Studies, Vol. 77, No. 2 (June 2016) 502.

 

[6] (Huntington, Indiana 46750:  Our Sunday Visitor, Inc., Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, 2012) 15.

 

[7] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 77, No. 1 (January 2015) 176.

 

[8] Grand Rapids: Michigan: Zondervan, 1996, 327, 601, 650.

 

[9] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 2 (April 2016) 375.

 

[10] 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) 475.  Personal Notes refers to this book as the Missal.

 

[11] 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) 694.  Personal Notes refers to this book as the Lectionary.

 

[12] UMI Annual Sunday School Lesson Commentary:  Precepts for Living ®: 2016-2017:  International Sunday School Lessons:  Volume 19:  UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), A. Okechuku Ogbonnaya, Ph.D., (ed.) (Chicago, IL  60643: UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), 2016) 190-491.