Prior to Vatican II, the sense of sin was relatively easy, because theologians ignored the psychological underpinnings of sin.  As they explored mitigating circumstances of human behavior, following Vatican II, theologians lost that categorical sense of sin, and began developing structural dimensions of sin, for those “going along to get along.”  Currently moral theologians look at those who passed by the man the Good Samaritan helped.  Concern for preserving Planet Earth is part of this new concern.

For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven (Colossians 1:19-20).  Edwards uses these versus to write, “Several times, Laudato Si’, (the May 24, 2014 Encyclical by Pope Francis) focuses on the risen Christ at work in the whole creation.  That is sublime communion, finding, appreciating, preserving, and loving God in creation.

I like it when Edwards writes, “Francis argues from the idea that all creatures have a future in God to their value in themselves.”  To me that means we will continue life in the resurrection with our family pets.

Edwards is offering a new approach to theology:

 

Even the Second Vatican Council, in its Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, strikes a clearly anthropocentric note.  But does not more need to be said, above all in the age of the Anthropocene?  Laudato Si’ does say far more, and in doing so offers a new development in Catholic teaching in the clarity of its claim that nonhuman creatures have value in themselves.  This teaching, of course, is not new to ecological theology, but its incorporation in to Catholic social teaching is an important new development.

 

 

Readings

First Reading                     Deuteronomy 30:10-14

Responsorial Psalm:          Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37 (cf. 33)

Second Reading:               Colossians 1:15-20

Alleluia:                             cf. John 6:63c, 68c

Gospel:                             Luke 10:25-37

 

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.

 

 

Deuteronomy 30:10-14

Deut 30:12-14

Georges Massinelli, O.F.M., “Christ and the Law in Romans 10:4”[1]

 

 

Deuteronomy 30:12

Calvin[2]

 

 

Deut 30:9

Philip Y. Yoo, “Hagar the Egyptian:  Wife, Handmaid, and Concubine”[3]

 

 

Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37 (cf. 33)

Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37 (cf. 33)[4]

The last verse in the Lectionary is 37, but is 36 in the Commentary.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Luther

John Calvin (1509-1564)

Pilgram Marpeck (c. 1495-1556)

The English Annotations (1645, 1651, 1657)

Moïse Amyraut (1500-1565)

Sebastian Münster (1489-1552)

Calvin

Nikolaus Selnecker (1530-1592)

 

Colossians 1:15-20

Colossians 1:15-20[5]

Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560)

Johannes Bugenhagen (1485-1558)

Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562)

Kaspar Olevianus (1536-1587)

Wolfgang Musculus (1497-1563)

Johann Agricola (c. 1494-1556)

Huldrych Zwingli (1484-1531)

Gasparo Contarini (1483-1542)

Melanchthon

Melanchthon

Melanchthon

John Davenant (1576-1641)

Jean Daillé (1594-1670)

Davenant

Calvin

Kaspar von Schwenkfeld (1489-1561)

Contarini

Davenant

Lancelot Ridley (d. 1576)

Olevianus

Thomas Cartwright (1535-1606)

Agricola

Davenant

Jacobus Arminius (1559-1609)

Scottish Confession (1560) p. 157, but 282 has Scots.  I sent an email to the publisher calling attention to this.

Olevianus

John Owen (1616-1683)

Cartwright

Melanchthon

 

 

Col 1:15-20

Steven L. McKenzie, review of Dean B. Deppe, All Roads Lead to the Text:  Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible.  A Template for Model Exegetical Examples Employing the Logos Bible Software[6]

 

 

Col 1:15-20

Michael Gilmour, review of David J. Neville, A Peaceable Hope:  Contesting Violent Eschatology in New Testament Narratives[7]

 

 

Colossians 1:15-17[8]

Musculus

Martin Bucer (1491-1551)

 

Colossians 15-17

Bucer[9]

 

Colossians 1:15

Dirk Philips (1504-1568)[10]

 

Colossians 1:15[11]

Bucer

Caspar Cruciger (1504-1548)

 

Col 1:15

Bonnie Thurston, review of Christopher R. Seitz, Colossians[12]

 

 

Colossians 16-17

Musculus[13]

 

Colossians 1:16

Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586)[14]

 

Bullinger[15]

 

Colossians 1:17

Luther[16]

 

 

Colossians 1:17                                                                                              

Melanchthon[17]

 

Colossians 1:18[18]

Johannes Bugenhagen (1485-1558)

Johannes Piscator (1546-1625)

 

 

Col 1:19-20

Denis Edwards, “`Sublime Communion’:  The Theology of the Natural World in Laudato Si’”[19]

Material from this article follows the first paragraph at the beginning.

 

 

cf. John 6:63c, 68c

 

cf. John 6:63c, 68c[20]

Zwingli

Luther

Calvin

Juan de Maldonado (1533-1583) (Spanish Catholic Biblical scholar)

Johann Wild (1495-1554)

 

 

Luke 10:25-37

Luke 10:25-37[21]

Melanchthon

Schwenckfeld

Bucer

Luther

Johann Spangenberg (1484-1550)

Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

Edwin Sandys (1519-1588)

Edward Leigh (1602-1671)

Calvin

Erasmus

Pellikan

 

 

Luke 10:25-37

David Fiensy, review of Christopher D. Marshall, Compassionate Justice:  An Interdisciplinary Dialogue with Two Gospel Parables on Law, Crime, and Restorative Justice[22]

Advocates reform rather than punishment, using the Good Samaritan parable.

 

Luke 10:25-37

Barbara E. Reid, O.P., “The Gospel of Luke:  Friend or Foe of Women Proclaimers of the Word?”[23]

 

 

Luke 10:25-37

James F. Keenan, S.J., “Rising Expectations on Sin[24]

Keenan sums up his inquiry, “In the parable of the Good Samaritan, where is the sin?  The focus is on the Levite and the priest; they could have acted, but they did not (Luke 10:25-37).”  Keenan is concerned about structural sin, such as racism and misogyny. The first paragraph above the solid line draws on this article.

 

 

Luke 10:25-28

Luther[25]

 

 

Luke 10:25-28

Harry T. Fleddermann, review of Ronald Jolliffe, with Gertraud Harb, Christoph Heil, Anneliese Felber, and Angelika Magnes, Q 11:46b, 52, 47-51, Woes against the Exegetes of the Law:  Wisdom’s Judgment on This Generation[26]

 

 

Luke 10:25

Daniel B. Wallace, With Scripture, Subject, and Greek Word Indexes: Greek Grammar:  Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament[27]

 

 

Luke 10:26

Sherry A. Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples:  The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus[28]

 

 

Luke 10:27

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”[29]

 

 

Luke 10:27

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”[30]

 

 

Luke 10:29

Frank J. Matera, The Sermon on the Mount:  The Perfect Measure of the Christian Life[31]

 

 

Luke 10:35

John Boys (1571-1625)[32]

 

 

Luke 10:36-37

Michael G. Lawler and Todd A. Salzman, “Virtue Ethics:  Natural and Christian[33]

 

 

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 Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live (Psalm 69: cf. 33),[34] something vital to the developing global warming crisis.

 

In the gobbledygook prayer at Sunday Mass immediately following the forgiveness of sins, the Faithful hearing the 2011 Roman Missal can listen for “show the light of your truth.”[35]  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 by the deeds of th law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:  for by the law is the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20).[36] 

 

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).  In his Encore show Monday, Juned 20, had Donald Trump advisor, Walid Phares, attacking Hilary Clinton and President Obama.  Arroyo also used Republican talking points to comment that Pope Francis was “weighing in” on gun control in the United States.  Arroyo also attacked Bishop Robert Lynch, bishop of Orlando, for absorbing some blame for homophobia, homophobia which Republicans will not denounce.  The Arroyo seems strongly to reflect USCCB Republican politics.

 

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, which has become rare.

 

I intend to begin catching up on material postponed over a year 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. 77, No. 4 (October 2015) 714.

 

[2] 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) 77, fn. 22.

 

[3] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 2 (April 2016) 226.

 

[4] 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) 474-475, 477.

 

[5] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament XI:  Philippians, Colossians, Graham Tomlin (ed.) in collaboration with Gregory B. Graybill, general editor, Timothy George, associate General editor, Scott M. Manetsch, (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2013: ISBN 978-0-8308-2974-3 (P 1 Y 13)151-158.

 

[6] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 1 (January 2014) 134.

 

[7] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 4 (October 2014) 775.

 

[8] 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) 6, fn. 9; 11, fn. 15.

 

[9] 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) 11, fn. 15.

 

[10] 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) 179, fn. 30.

 

[11] 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) 62, fn. 11; 308, fn. 23.

 

[12] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 1 (January 2016) 175.

 

[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) 6, fn. 9.

 

[14] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament XI:  Philippians, Colossians, Graham Tomlin (ed.) in collaboration with Gregory B. Graybill, general editor, Timothy George, associate General editor, Scott M. Manetsch, (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2013: ISBN 978-0-8308-2974-3 (P 1 Y 13) 187, fn. 32.

 

[15] 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) 16, fn. 26.

 

[16] 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) 17, fn. 11.

 

[17] in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament XI:  Philippians, Colossians, Graham Tomlin (ed.) in collaboration with Gregory B. Graybill, general editor, Timothy George, associate General editor, Scott M. Manetsch, (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2013: ISBN 978-0-8308-2974-3 (P 1 Y 13) 182, fn. 19.

 

[18] 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) 400, fn. 13; 533, fn. 20.

 

[19] Theological Studies, Vol. 77, No. 2 (June 2016) 380, 381, 388.

 

[20] 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) 248-251, 253-254.

 

[21] 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) 242-250.

 

[22] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 2 (April 2014) 365.

 

[23] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 1 (January 2016) 17.

 

[24] Theological Studies, Vol. 77, No. 1 (March 2016) 172.

 

 

[25] 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) 117, fn. 15.

 

[26] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 2 (April  2014) 357.

 

[27] Grand Rapids: Michigan: Zondervan, 1996, 347, 637.

 

[28] Huntington, Indiana 46750:  Our Sunday Visitor, Inc., Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, 2012, 147.

 

[29] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 2 (April 2013) 320.

 

[30] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 2 (April  2013) 326.

 

[31] Collegeville, Minnesota:  Liturgical Press, 2013, 63.

 

[32] 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) 362 fn. 2.

 

[33] Theological Studies, Vol. 74, No. 2 (June 2013) 442-473.

 

[34] 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) 705.  Personal Notes refers to this book as the Lectionary.

 

[35] 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.

 

[36] 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) 481-482..