Breaking down unjust human prejudice suits these
readings, which begin with
Within the context of the present sexual scandal of
the hierarchy, when
The 23rd Psalm is the famous Good Shepherd
Psalm, available four times at Funerals
and three times in Pastoral
Care of the Sick.
Psalm 23:3a, he refreshes my, soul is about restoring and
revitalizing the human person,
for example eliminating unjust human prejudice. When the Psalmist depicts
himself sitting at a banquet table,
set by the Lord, he is taking the place of the king, feasting in the temple.
Scraps of information gleaned from passages like this uncover what the
Ephesians 2:16 lays out the unity of all things in
While Ephesians is not written in poetic format, Ephesians appears in the Lectionary in the same format as Psalm 23, which is poetry. Distinguishing poetry from non-poetry is an unsolved problem both in the Lectionary and in the KJV. In poetry, the reader expects greater use of metaphors than in straight prose. There really was not a great concern about poetry versus prose until the Nineteenth Century.
Ephesians joins human life with divine life. One might expect a poetic result, as sometimes happens in the Greek hymns incorporated in the New Testament, though not here, in Ephesians. There is a translation difficulty, at least for me.
The Lectionary translation of Ephesians 2:16 differs
from the Vulgate in ascribing unity to the cross, rather than
Another interesting aspect of Ephesians is the use of the word peace three times (Ephesians 3:14, 15, 17). Peace only belongs to those in control. Ephesians, by joining human with divine life, puts humans in control of their own destinies. This means that Christians are freer than others in working out their salvation according to their own consciences. This also means that victims of bias are able to maintain their dignity with peace of soul.
The Gospel is about taking a break.
Writing in Italian,
These readings are about breaking down unjust
For more on sources see the Appendix file. Personal Notes are on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes
 N.a., International Commission on English in the Liturgy: A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences, The Roman Ritual: Revised by Decree of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and published by Authority of Pope Paul IV: Order of Christian Funerals: Including Appendix 2: Cremation: Approved for use in the Dioceses of the United States of America by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and Confirmed by the Apostolic See (New Jersey: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1998) 143, 223, 253, 267.
 The Roman Ritual: Revised by Decree of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and Published by Authority of Pope Paul VI: Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum: Approved for use in the dioceses of the United States of America by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and Confirmed by the Apostolic See: Prepared by International Commission on English in the Liturgy: a Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences (New York: Catholic Book Publishing Co. 1983) 171, 188, 323.
Alister McGrath, In the
 Maximilian Zerwick, S.J., English Edition adapted from the Fourth Latin Edition by Joseph Smith, S.J., Scripta Pontificii Instituti Biblico—114—Biblical Greek (Roma: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1994) 67.