To be a disciple of
The readings from the Book of Wisdom connect the worldly with the otherworldly. Wisdom values rhetoric, that is, a well-turned phrase. Wisdom regards such ability to communicate with other humans as an aspect of a sacred ability to communicate with the Almighty. Communicating with God, as in the child’s prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep, and pray the Lord my soul to keep …,” is a suitable endeavor into old age.
Psalm 90 is disappointing in that the Lectionary
references are inaccurate, misidentifying verses 14, 17 as 14-17. Readings 143B do include verses 14 and 15, in
Psalm 90, as documented. Pope Saint
Love, as expressed in these readings by
Just as with death, so sleep places the temporal things of
this world in abeyance. Falling asleep
on a daily basis is a type of the final falling asleep for eternity, a sort of
Exodus from this life into the next. That
The Lectionary shows 18b, but uses 18a.
Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17
The Lectionary uses this Psalm at three Sunday liturgies. This treatment concludes the trio.
Readings Page in Verses used
114C 893 3-4, 5-6, 12-13 (95:8) Ordinary 18
129C 820 3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17 (1) Today
143B 893-894 12-13, 14-15, 16-17 (14) Ordinary 28
Verse 4 that a thousand years … are as yesterday takes on increasing meaning as archaeologists and astronomers continue to estimate the age of the earth in the area of four billion years and the age of the universe in the area of 16 billion years. This verse is an apocalyptic interpretation of creation as found in Genesis I.
Apparently, the Lectionary leaves out verse a. That is not as disconcerting as the Biblical
Quarterly article, “Pauline Expressions of Confidence in His Addressees,”
omitting any direct reference to the verses the Lectionary does use.
Among all the Sunday readings, the Lectionary
The 1985 Quarterly article concludes, “The epistolary
expression of confidence is best interpreted as a persuasive technique rather
than as a sincere reflection of the way the writer thinks the addressees will
respond to his proposals or to himself.” As persuasive technique, the admonition is
even stronger than as a personal appeal.
Combined, the readings from Wisdom and
Psalm 119 is available for Funeral Rites, Part
According to a television announcer at the North Carolina
Panthers-Washington Redskins pre-season exhibition game, Saturday, August 14,
2004, in his two seasons as head coach, Steve Spurrier, the former Washington
Redskins football coach, never had a game plan.
That helps to account for why Spurrier resigned before his three-year
contract was up. The announcers were
shocked at the revelation from a player.
The point of Luke is that life itself, though not a game, deserves a
game plan, a strategy for seeking holiness.
The point for
Making less of material things than
Total abnegation, total surrender to the Father, full acceptance of the plan of God can happen daily as one falls asleep. Sleeping is a type of death. Like death, sleep requires a letting go of earthly possessions, a type of Exodus from being tired at the end of a day into a new exuberance of morning life.
Wisdom demands such surrender; the psalms assure the
Faithful of the holy, protective hand of God.
Philemon reduces conforming to the will of God to the misappropriated
efforts of humans to conform one human to another. Finally,
For more on sources see the Appendix file.
 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) 150.
Stanley N. Olson,
Stanley N. Olson,
 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) 286.
 Louise Joy Lawrence, “`For truly, I tell you, they have received their reward’ (Matt 6:2): Investigating Honor Precedence and honor Virtue," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 64, No. 4 (October 2002) 693.
 Jeremy Corley, “The Pauline Authorship of 1 Corinthians 13," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 66, No. 2 (April 2004) 265-266.