Avoiding scandal, Wisdom takes the posture of a wise man teaching his son how to act. Wisdom 2:12 is teaching the Faithful to expect testing from wicked people. Wisdom explains that the wicked find the Faithful obnoxious for exposing their transgressions. Relationship with God requires adult responsibility.
Wisdom 2:17 teaches the Faithful to expect political pressure to test the truths that they hold. Those able to exercise political pressure do not expect God to save the politically powerless. Wisdom 2:19 tests gentleness in times of trouble. Since I lack a copy of the Septuagint Greek, I do not know whether the gentleness of 2:19 is the same gentle of James 3:17. There will be more on the word gentle below. Wisdom 2:20 teaches the Faithful that political pressure may mean a shameful death in the face of hope that God “will take care of him.” It takes mature love to stand firm in the face of disaster.
As presented, the reading from the Book of Wisdom portrays the Faithful as children, unable to cope with political pressure. The reading encourages a pay, pray, and obey mentality in the face of religious politics. The reading does nothing to suggest anything like the current sexual scandal of the hierarchy, a scandal that forces the Faithful, including the lesser clergy and religious, to rethink their support of the scandalous behavior as it relates to God.
Psalm 54, probably begun after the return from Exile, rejoices at getting through the ordeal. Psalm 54:3 asks God, “by your name save me.” Psalm 54:5 recognizes political pressure, “the ruthless seek my life.” Despite the pressure, Psalm 54:6 insists, “The Lord sustains my life.” The Psalm avoids legitimate examination of anything done by the religious hierarchy. The Psalm readily suits treating the Faithful, lesser clergy, and religions as children.
Reading carefully through the Greek, the Epistle of
James exposes the hierarchy treating the Faithful like children, rather than
adults. In the Lectionary,
approved by the hierarchy,
In the Lectionary translation,
At Mark 9:30 Jesus begins a journey with his disciples that he does not want anyone to know about. Mark dissembles much of the relationship between individuals and Jesus, especially the parts the Faithful do not understand, for example, about death and resurrection. Faith requires a certain amount of maturity and hiddenness to get through the parts one does not understand.
The readings are about adult love. The reading from the Book of Wisdom is about loving God; even though that means that, the wicked will attack. Psalm 54 begs forgiveness for not loving God. James calls for adult treatment among the Faithful. Mark does not encourage the Faithful to act like children, but to act as adults do when they treat children with love.
I intend to include the following comment in the Appendix, after revising it twice more here.
The Sunday Lectionary is organized into three-year cycles, A, B, and C. In general, the Lectionary numbers readings consecutively: 1A, 2B, 3C. The readings for this Sunday, 134B, therefore, are in cycle B.
The Lectionary readings usually divide into
four parts: First Testament, Psalm, Epistle, and Gospel. The Epistle is the letters of
Cycle A follows the Gospel of Matthew, B Mark, and C Luke. John is interspersed for special occasions, like Easter and Pentecost. The Epistles follow their own pattern, with little, if any, regard for the accompanying First Testament, Psalm, or Gospel. These Notes, however, always find a relationship among all four readings.
These Notes annotate the Biblical index derived from the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. That means the Notes do not rest until every new reference finds a place, in one way or another. These Notes are currently working their way through the cycles a second time. This means that usually there is a set of Notes posted that already treat the readings. For example, Notes for 2006 already exist from 2003. In addition, each of Notes appears in both .htm and .pdf formats. Pdf is meant for reading; .htm for indexing. The various search engines read .htm more readily than .pdf.
These Notes repeatedly recognize passages that the Church uses at funerals and in pastoral care of the sick. The reason is so that readers will gain an appreciation for the liturgy available in times of bereavement and illness.
For more on sources see the Appendix file. Personal Notes are on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes
 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) 59.
 Harry Fleddermann, “`And He Wanted to Pass by Them’ (Marc 6:48c),” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 45, No. 3 (July 1983) 390, 394.