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Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
The Bishops exhibit inadvertent
scholarship between the ways they translate Psalm 95:1-2 and 6 in their Catechism
and in their Lectionary. The
common verses, displayed below, are 1-2 and 6.
Not every verse is different; but the three verses will be heard at
Lectionary: Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
Catechism Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
Lectionary: let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Catechism cry out to the rock of our salvation.
Lectionary: Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
Catechism Let us greet him with a song of praise,
Lectionary: let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
Catechism joyfully sing out our psalms.
Lectionary: Come, let us bow down in worship;
Catechism Enter, let us bow down in worship;
Lectionary: let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
Catechism let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
Margaret Barker, The Great High Priest: The
Barker makes the point that the word rock does not exist in Hebrew. The Hebrew words for the Greek word for rock vary from place to place. A spiritual work ethic is required to pray the psalms.
2 Tim 1:6-7
Downs observes, “Whereas for
2 Tim 1:6
Fitzmyer points out “prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands … by `Paul’ himself (2 Tim 1:6) …” I have never seen a Catholic bishop praying in tongues, so I wonder where their prophetic utterance may reside. The bishops may think that praying in tongues is fake, unreal, or silly. Such a conviction, before the fact, hampers the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Alleluia: 1 Peter 1:25
Gospel: Luke 17:5-10
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”
In a section, Those responsible for the church’s charitable activity, Benedict XVI seems to contradict himself when he writes, “We recognize that we are not acting on the basis of any superiority or greater personal efficiency, but because the Lord has graciously enabled us to do so.” By holding all of creation in existence, God enables everything; and that God enables the hierarchy to be charitable can be a source of greater pride, rather than deeper humility.
Blomberg observes, “… probably the passage makes two points rather than one, highlighting both God’s sovereignty and humanity’s unworthiness before him, so that all of the text may be seen as a unity.”
For more on sources see the Appendix file. Personal Notes are on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes.
 London: T & T Clark International: A Continuum imprint, 2003 184, 191.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 67, No. 4 (October 2005) 647.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 66, No. 4 (October 2004) 585, 586.
 the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 53, No. 1 (January 1991) 73.