Habakkuk insists that Faith is what makes the
Faithful, Faithful. The Royal Psalm 95
proclaims that the greatness of
Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4
In the first part of this reading from Chapter 1, Habakkuk proclaims that his loving God seems so unaware of his life-experience that only Faith can hold Habakkuk steady. The reading from Chapter 2 reassures Habakkuk that God is not forgetting. “The just one, because of his faith, shall live” (verse 4b). Hebrews 10:37-38 refers back to this verse.
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 (8)
The Lectionary uses Psalm 95 at four Sunday liturgies.
Readings Page in Verses used Particular Sunday
28A 172 1-2, 6-7, 8-9 (8) Lent 3
71B 537 1-2, 6-7, 7 -9 (8) Ordinary 4
127A 813 1-2, 6-7, 8-9 (8) Ordinary 23
141C 884 1-2, 6-7, 8-9 (8) Ordinary 27
Although the citation for 71B is different from the rest, all four psalms are the same. Since the Faithful will not hear the references, this academic sloppiness is not as serious as that of last Sunday, which the Faithful will hear. 71B is incorrect according to my Nova Vulgata.
Verse 8 remembers lack of Faith on the part of the People of God and pleads with the Faithful not to suffer such a lack again. Faith is somewhat independent from how what to believe is presented.
Verse 13 offers a hint at the underlying Platonic philosophy
of Saint Paul. What the Lectionary
translates as norm,
Psalm 95 dates from before the Exiles to the monarchial
The early Church Father, Saint Justin,
Martyr (ca. 100-165), argued over the accuracy of the Septuagint. Recent scholars justify the concerns of
Justin. Known as “Papyrus Bodmer XXIV,”
the earliest “upper Egypt” text of the psalms dates from the second century AD. Bodmer
That “the world of the Lord remains forever” merits Faith in what is to come.
The Apostles think they have Faith, but
On his eightieth birthday, the famous Carmelite scripture scholar,
Luke 17:5-21 is about authentic worship. The meaning of the readings for this Sunday relates to the grace of the ability to worship in an authentic manner. Faith is an essential ingredient to worship. The problem is that the Apostles themselves over-estimated their Faith. With the Faithful, the Magisterium runs a similar, if not the same, risk.
Verse 8, put on your
apron is a reminder of Martha. Although
verse 8 does refer to the serving of meals,
verse 8 still helps make the point that
To review: Habakkuk tells of Faith that a reversal of
fortunes will happen. The Royal Psalm 95
mandates that the Faithful not harden their hearts, should they become
discouraged with their fortunes. 2
For more on sources see the Appendix file.
 Craig R. Koester, “Hebrews, Rhetoric, and the Future of Humanity,” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 64, No. 1 (January 2002) 118.
Nova Vulgata: Bibliorum Sacrorum
Editio: Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II ratione habita Iussu Pauli
PP, VI Recognita Auctoritate Joannis Pauli PP, II Promulgata Editio Typica
 Alan C. Mitchell, S.J., “The Use of prepein and Rhetorical Propriety in Hebrews 2:10,” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 4 (October 1992) 691.
 Rick Van De Water, “`Removing the Boundary’ (Hosea 5:10) in First-Century Palestine,” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 63, No. 4 (October 2001) 621.
 Richard J. Dillon, “Previewing Luke’s Project from His Prologue (Luke 1:1-4),” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 2 (April 1981) 221-222.
 Max Zerwick, S.J. and Mary Grosvenor, A Grammatical Analysis of the Greek New Testament unabridged, 5th, revised edition (Roma: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico 1996) 250.
 Craig E. Morrison, O.Carm., “An Essay on the Life and Legacy of Roland E. Murphy, O.Carm.,” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 64, No. 4 (October 2002) 630.
 Dennis Hamm, S.J., What the Samaritan Leper Sees: The Narrative Christology of Luke 17:11-19, the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 56, No. 2 (April 1994) 274.
 Richard Bauckham, Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels (Grand Rapids, Michigan/ Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002) 188.
 Richard Bauckham, Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels (Grand Rapids, Michigan/ Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002) 193, text and footnote 353.
 Richard Bauckham, Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels (Grand Rapids, Michigan/ Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002) 164.