Verse 7 … everyone mocks me.
Verse 8 … derision and reproach all the day.
Verse 9 … I grow weary …
Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
Verse 4 … your kindness is a greater good than life…
Verse 6 As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied …
The psalmist is concerned with how society is structured, rather than with how groups within the structure are faring.
Verse 1 I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice.
See below on page 4/4.
Verse 2 Do not conform yourselves to this age …
This age is more about structure, about structural priorities, than about social priorities.
cf. Ephesians 1:17-18
Verse 21 … be killed …
One reason for killing
As one scholar notes, relative to the Magi, “
Verse 22 Then Peter took Jesus aside … God forbid …
In colloquial terms, take aside has the meaning of corner or collar.
God forbid in the Greek, ou mh, is an emotional rarity in the New Testament. As the grammarian puts it:
In the majority of the NT uses, therefore, ou mh may be said to express "prophetic” emphasis. In the other uses it expresses, as in Greek in general, an “emotional” emphasis, and it is to be noted that it is never used by the Evangelists (or by Luke in Acts) in their own narrative but only in quoting the spoken word (Matt 16, 22; 26, 35 = Mk 4, 31; Jo 13, 8; 20, 25, and perhaps Lk 1, 15; Jo 11, 56).
Verse 23 …”Get behind me, Satan! …
In the Hebrew,
Verse 25 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it …
This verse is also found at Mark 8:35 with readings 131B; Luke 9:24; and John 12:25 with readings 35B.
Verse 27 … his angels …
The Magnificat ® title, “The Grace of Self-Denial” leaves me with the sense of limiting one’s charity to social matters, rather than including structural matters as well. Kindness towards those who must try harder includes dealing with social structures as well as dealing with the individual people caught in such structures. Those social structures include the church as well as the state.
This “debt theology” of obligation arising out of God’s grace is made clear in the transitional verse 12:1 (I exhort you … by the mercies of God”) but especially in 15:7 (“therefore, welcome one another, just as also Christ welcomed you to the glory of God”), a verse signaling the raison deter of the sections in Romans 1—11 in which Paul defends his gospel, free from the law, against the imaginary Jewish interlocutor.
With the antiphon, My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God; my soul also challenges social structures for alignment with the Gospels.
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