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.


Raymond Arroyo, “The World Over,” on EWTN uses fear-mongering, rather than the Joy of the Gospel to entrance its viewers.  In the past, Arroyo has responded to my concerns, particularly the Reverend Robert A. Sirico, who rarely appears anymore, with his drivel.  Beginning, May 3, 2015, I intend to begin pointing out, here, the role fear, rather than joy, has in “The World Over.”  On July 9, Walid Phares opposed the forthcoming treaty with Iran, for fear of what Iran would do. 


On July 9, 2015, I concluded that the problem is more serious than that.  Arroyo is subtly and consistently attacking Pope Francis for his more gentle approach toward dissenters.  On July 9 the Republican 26th District Florida Representative Carlos Curbelo, attacked Hillary Clinton, Pope Francis, and President Obama for developing new relations with Cuba.  Curbelo is a freshman Representative from south Florida, running for reelection.[1]





First Reading:                   Isaiah 3:4-7a

Responsorial Psalm:          Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 (1b)

Second Reading:              James 2:1-5

Alleluia:                             cf. Matthew 4:23

Gospel:                             Mark 7:31-37



Isaiah 3:4-7a



Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 (1b)



James 2:1-5

James 2:1-13

Michael Gilmour, review of John Painter and David A. DeSilva, James and Jude[2]



James 2:4

Daniel B. Wallace, With Scripture, Subject, and Greek Word Indexes: Greek Grammar:  Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament[3]



James 2:4

Darian Lockett, “Objects of Mercy in Jude:  The Prophetic Background of Jude 22—23”[4]



cf. Matthew 4:23



Mark 7:31-37

Mark 7:31-37

Lawrence L. Hummer, review of Gianattilio Bonifacio, Personaggi minori e discepoli in Marco 4—8:   La funzione degli episodi dei personaggi minori nell’interpretazoine con la storia dei protagonisti[5]

Hummer reports:


The minor characters gradually reveal Jesus as both Messiah and god’s son.  In one way or another, the unique characters see and believe what the disciples do not.  Each episode reveals something more of Jesus’ identity in answer to the question, “who is this?”  Even when Peter does declare Jesus to be the Messiah (8:30), he does not grasp his identity fully (p. 66); it remains for the centurion to proclaim what the reader already knows, that “truly this was the Son of God” (15:39).


Mark 7:33

Mary Ann Beavis, “Mary of Bethany and the Hermeneutics of Remembrance”[6]



Mark 7:34

Sigurd Grindheim, review of Stephen Voorwinde, Jesus’ Emotions in the Gospels[7]



Mark 7:37

Francis J. Moloney, SDB, review of David Crump, Encountering Jesus, Encountering Scripture:  Reading the Bible Critically in Faith[8]




On April 7, 2013, with Reading 045C 2nd Sunday of Easter_A Catholic Bible Study 130407, Personal Notes systematically began to incorporate material from A Commentary on the Order of Mass of The Roman Missal:  A New English Translation:  Developed under the Auspices of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy, Edward Foley (ed.) (Collegeville, Minnesota:  Liturgical Press, 2011).  The hope is that this approach will help pray with the new Missal, despite itself.


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 “look graciously upon your sons and daughters”[9]  The Responsorial Antiphon for this Sunday is Praise the Lord, my soul!  (Psalm 146:1b).[10]  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 1280 Missal Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time 120909 .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 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken and where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31).[11] 


[1] http://www.carloscurbelo.com/ (accessed July 16, 2015).


[2] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 2 (April 2014) 372.


[3] Grand Rapids: Michigan: Zondervan, 1996, 88, 449.


[4] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 77, No. 2 (April 2015) 325.


[5] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 72, No. 3 (July 2010) 587.


[6] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 4 (October 2013) 751.


[7] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 3 (July 2013) 599.


[8] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 4 (October 2014) 760.


[9] 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) 483.  Personal Notes refers to this book as the Missal.


[10] 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) 817.  Personal Notes refers to this book as the Lectionary.


[11] UMI Annual Sunday School Lesson Commentary:  Precepts for Living ®: 2015-2016:  International Sunday School Lessons:  Volume 18:  UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), A. Okechuku Ogbonnaya, Ph.D., (ed.) (Chicago, IL  60643: UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), 2015) 13-14.