These readings make sense out of death and suffering as a sacrificial offering to God. Genesis is not only about building the unity of the marriage bond, but also about breaking that same bond through physical death. Spouses are to cling to God during this life and life eternal as they cling to one another during this life.
Psalm 128 is about family life, family life that the
New Testament extends from earth in this life to include God in heaven in
eternal life. Hebrews is about
identifying the sacrificial offering of
In the Gospel,
To elaborate, Genesis 2:18-24 is part of an upheaval in feminist studies. The Faithful have understood Genesis to mean that man is the head of the household. The Faithful have also understood Genesis to mean that woman is the equal of man, made of the same flesh that he is. Genesis supports the old order of the First Testament that the new order of the New Testament disrupts. Today the Faithful look at the xy chromosomes of women and wonder about the xx chromosomes of men and how the biblical writers would pontificate. “x” is a lack of chromosome.
The most recent issue of CrossCurrents sheds
light on this concept of a new order. Tissa
Balasuriya is mainly concerned with the relationship
between the institutional Church and colonialism. As a
Compared with my previous personal comments on the
lack of spirituality in
More to the point, Balasuriya writes, “The link
between the celebration of the sacraments, ministry, and action for justice is
not noted.” Ignoring the historical sexism of the Church is like ignoring science. Life goes on, bypassing the Church. Again, Balasuriya observes, “the ongoing
de-churching of Christians coincides with the period after 1968.”
With the publication of Humanae Vitae,
In the contemporary era, truth is an issue about
weapons of mass destruction. Psalm 128,
which the Lectionary uses, has an ancient history justifying war. Eventually the English war about which
Psalm 128:3, by proclaiming that “your wife shall be
like a fruitful vine,” and that is all, infuriates modern feminists. The implication is a hierarchic structure
from father to wife to children. To the
contrary, in Hebrews 2:11, God calls the Faithful “brethren”
that the Lectionary translates “brothers” not simply with one another,
but also with God. In this case, the
primary brother is
Balasuriya has more to say, this time about “Deus
Caritas Est” by Pope
I do not know whether
In the Greek, quotation marks are not used for brothers at Hebrews 2:11. In the 1963 edition of the best Greek available, brothers appeared in bold print. Without either explanation or notification, however, the 1979 edition removed the bold print. David Holly has written a whole book noting differences between 1963 and 1979, differences that I always check but, up to this point, except for four other times, have never mentioned. I do not know what to make of the change in text.
With Hebrews 2:9, the Lectionary brings in the
In this vein,
The Church uses Mark 10:2-16 twice for funerals
and once for pastoral care of the sick.
The passage is about testing Jesus in
ways that also test the faithful not only at times of sickness and of death,
but also when they become complicit in the structural injustices of social organization. At
The Pharisees had asked
Love is the way to deal with suffering and death. Genesis is about married love beginning in
this life and lasting into eternal life.
Psalm 128 is about the peace love bestows on all trials and tribulations. Hebrews explains that death is integral to
the lives of both
I am revising the following comment in the Appendix, which I intend to distribute with this set of Notes.
The Sunday Lectionary organizes the readings into three-year cycles, A, B, and C. In general, the Lectionary numbers sequence as 1A, 2B, 3C. The readings for this Sunday, 140B, therefore, are in cycle B.
The Lectionary usually divides the readings
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. To this point, these Personal Notes, however, have always found a relationship among all four readings.
These Personal Notes annotate the Biblical index derived from the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. That means the Personal Notes do not rest until every new reference finds a place, in one way or another. In August 2006, these Personal Notes were working their way through the cycles a second time. This means that usually there are Notes posted on the web that already treat the readings. For example, Personal Notes for 2006 already exist from 2003. In addition, each of the Personal 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 Personal Notes repeatedly recognize passages that the Church uses at funerals and in pastoral care of the sick. The reason is to recognize the liturgy when it becomes 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
 Jeremy Corley, “The Pauline Authorship of 1 Corinthians 13,” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 66, No. 2 (April 2004) 264.
 Fr. Tissa Balasuriya, O.M.I., “Companion to the Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI on `God is Love,’” CrossCurrents, Vol. 56, No. 2 (Summer 2006) 252.
 Fr. Tissa Balasuriya, O.M.I., “Companion to the Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI on `God is Love,’” CrossCurrents, Vol. 56, No. 2 (Summer 2006) 281.
 Fr. Tissa Balasuriya, O.M.I., “Companion to the Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI on `God is Love,’” CrossCurrents, Vol. 56, No. 2 (Summer 2006) 244.
 Fr. Tissa Balasuriya, O.M.I., “Companion to the Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI on `God is Love,’” CrossCurrents, Vol. 56, No. 2 (Summer 2006) 234.
 Fr. Tissa Balasuriya, O.M.I., “Companion to the Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI on `God is Love,’” CrossCurrents, Vol. 56, No. 2 (Summer 2006) 232.
 Scott W. Hahn, A Broken Covenant and the Curse of Death: A Study of Hebrews 9:15-22”, the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 66, No. 3 (July 2004) 421.
 Benedict XVI, “Encyclical Letter: Deus Caritas Est of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI to the Bishops, Priests and Deacons, Men and Women Religious and All the Lay Faithful on Christian Love,” http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/encyclixals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_2... 1/30/2006 7/25.
 Fr. Tissa Balasuriya, O.M.I., “Companion to the Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI on `God is Love,’” CrossCurrents, Vol. 56, No. 2 (Summer 2006) 229.
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 Fr. Tissa Balasuriya, O.M.I., “Companion to the Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI on `God is Love,’” CrossCurrents, Vol. 56, No. 2 (Summer 2006) 257.
 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, 257.
 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) 52.
 John Paul Heil, “Jesus with the Wild Animals in Mark 1:13, the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 68, No. 1 (January 2006) 77.
 F. Gerald Downing, “Honor” among Exegetes, the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 61, No. 1 (January 1999) 54, 59.
 Jeremy Corley, “The Pauline Authorship of 1 Corinthians 13,” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 66, No. 2 (April 2004) 265.