My wife, Bette, died August 26, suddenly with an acute intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke.  In the process, she fell August 24 with right orbital and nasal fractures that I did not realize until reading her death certificate.  The event was painful, but relatively quick.  I was present.

The Liturgy of the Word can babble on all it wants about God empowering the mighty Cyrus, but the point is that through the death of Bette, I came to a better realization of her love, and through her love, what must be the love of God.  “Give the Lord glory and honor” (Psalm 96:7b).  The reading from 1 Thessalonians 1:5a b fits the presence of Bette, “in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.” 

Because I am considerably older than Bette, we were more prepared that I should die first, than that she should die first.  In any event, this business about repaying to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God (Matthew 2:21) means I have inherited the solid provisions we were making primarily for Bette.  It is well to remember Psalm 16: (see 5) from last Friday, September 15, in the final analysis, “You are my inheritance, O Lord.”

 

 

 

Material above the solid line draws from material below the solid line.  Those uninterested in scholarly and tangential details should stop reading here.  If they do, however, they may miss some interesting material.

 

Readings

First Reading:                    Isaiah 45:1, 4-6

Responsorial Psalm:          Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10 (7b)

Second Reading:               1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b

Alleluia:                             Philippians 2:15d, 16a

Gospel:                             Matthew 22:15-21

 

Annotated Bibliography

 

Isaiah 45:1, 4-6

Isaiah 45:1

in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  Old Testament V:  1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Timothy George (ed.), general editor, Scot M. Manetsch, Associate General editor, Derek Cooper and Martin J. Lohrmann (ed.), (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2016, ISBN 978 0 8308-2955-2[RJ1]  (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 16) 632.

 

 


 

Isaiah 45:6-6

in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament VIII:  Romans 9—16, Timothy George (ed.), general editor; Scot M. Manetsch, Associate General editor; Philip D. W. Krey and Peter D. S. Krey (ed.), (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2016, ISBN 978 0 8308-2971-2, P 1, Y 16) 192.

 

 

Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10 (7b)

Psalm 96:1-2

in Scott H. Hendrix, ed. and trans., Early Protestant Spirituality (New York, Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2009) 191.

 

 

Psalm 96:5

Jeremy Schipper and Mark Leuchter, “A Proposed Reading of ****** in Amos 28”[1]

 

 

Psalm 96:7-8

Roger S. Nam, review of:  Samuel L. Adams, Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea,  Michael J. Chan, The Wealth of Nations:  A Tradition-Historical Study, and Roland Boer, The Sacred Economy of Ancient Israel[2]

 

 

1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b

1 Thess 1:1

Richard I. Pervo, review of Jeffrey A. D. Weima, 1—2 Thessalonians[3]

 

 

1 Thess 1:3

Shane Clifton, “Theodicy, Disability, and Fragility:  An Attempt to Find Meaning in the Aftermath of Quadriplegia”[4]

 

 

1 Thess 1:5

Michael Winger, “The Meaning of Pneuma in the Letters of Paul:  A Linguistic analysis of Sense and Reference”[5]

 

 

Philippians 2:15d, 16a

 

 

Matthew 22:15-21

Matthew 22:15-22

in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament IV:  John 1—12, Craig S. Farmer (ed.), general editor, Timothy George, Associate General editor, Scott M. Manetsch (ed.), (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2014, ISBN 978 0 8308-2967-5 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 14) 88.

 

 

Matthew 22:16, 18, 19

in Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament III:  Luke, Beth Kreitzer (ed.), general editor, Timothy George, associate General editor, Scott M. Manetsch, (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2015:  ISBN 978-0-8308-2014 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 15) 161, 353, 446.

 

 

Matthew 22:21

Daniel B. Wallace, With Scripture, Subject, and Greek Word Indexes: Greek Grammar:  Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament[6]

 

 

For more on sources see the Appendix file.  A complete set of Personal Notes, dating from the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 14, 2002 to the present, is on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes. 

 

 

 

In the gobbledygook prayer at Sunday Mass immediately following the Gloria, the Faithful hearing the 2011 Roman Missal can listen for “in the unity of the Holy Spirit.”[7]  The Responsorial Antiphon for this Sunday is Give the Lord glory and honor (Psalm 96:7b).[8]  Between November 25, 2011 and November 25, 2012, Personal Notes systematically examined the illiterate 2011 Missal.  For a more thorough examination of the illiterate 2011 Roman Missal, go to 1610 Missal: Thirty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 121125.pdf/htm at http://www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes/Personal%20Notes.htm.

 

 

This is a call for grace that some Black Baptists bring to mind with And thine house and they kingdom shall be established for ever before thee; thy throne shall be established forever (2 Samuel 7:16).[9] 

 

Addenda

 

Due to greater responsiveness at the National Catholic Reporter blog, beginning with the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Reading 032B, March 15, 2015, my interest began shifting from annotating my index here, to engaging conversation there.  I may keep up the Bibliography, but without further comment.  Time will tell.  Beginning with the Second Sunday of Easter, April 23, 2017, my interest began shifting back toward annotating the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

 

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, I discovered that my web site, www.western-civilization.com was receiving 1000 hits per day, from the United States, most of which were for these readings.  That complicates my priorities, priorities that require balancing between developing these Personal Notes, engaging writing on the National Catholic Reporter at https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today, developing a Cleveland Organizing Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), attending to my archival resources at the Western Reserve Historical Society, and preparing my 1972 dissertation, “Cleveland and the Negro following World War II” for publication at least on the web.  I am the founding president of the Hampton Roads Branch of ASALH, from which the movie “Hidden Figures” arose, meaning that these priorities have potential consequences of note.

 

Raymond Arroyo, “The World Over,” on EWTN uses fear-mongering, rather than the Joy of the Gospel to entrance its viewers.  In the past, Arroyo has responded to my concerns, particularly the Reverend Robert A. Sirico, who rarely appears anymore, with his drivel.  Beginning, May 3, 2015, I intend to begin pointing out, here, the role fear, rather than joy, has in “The World Over.”  Arroyo would do better to get his “Papal Posse” off the air as well.  The bias against Catholic Democratic legislators is unbecoming.  While the Papal Posse did appear Thursday, September 14, EWTN began cutting the Arroyo air time, by about ten to fifteen minutes.

 

By July 31, I had identified a pattern of attack on Pope Francis by Arroyo.  The attack is on what the Pope is preaching about climate change and capitalism.  In the United States Republicans have firm opposition to such sermonizing, as the forthcoming Trump administration will show . . . or not.  On June 4 Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

 

As, on June 23, 2015, I prepared Reading 110B for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary time for July 26, I decided to begin reading unread book reviews and articles from Theological Studies for two reasons.  The first is I have already read every article cited in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.  The second is that traditionally Theological Studies articles have been more helpful to my prayer life.  I also began reading unread book reviews in the Biblical Quarterly.  Beginning with the Second Sunday of Easter, April 23, 2017, I realized the Reformation Commentary on Scripture was doing little for my prayer-life and I began to drift away from the time-consuming details I had been recording. 

 

As of August 4, 2017, Reformation Commentary on Scripture:  New Testament IXa:  1 Corinthians, Edited by Scott M. Manetsch, General Editor Timothy George, Associate General editor, Scott M. Manetsch, (Downers Grove, Illinois:  IVP Academic:  An imprint of InterVarsity Press, 20167, ISBN 978 0 8308-2972 9 (hardcover : alk. paper), P 1, Y 17) was indexed.  My intention is to read and annotate unread sections until the book is entirely read.

 

 

 

 



[1] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 77, No. 3 (July 2015) 443.

 

[2] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 2 (April 2016) 343.

 

[3] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 2 (April 2016) 382.

 

[4] Theological Studies, Vol. 76, No. 4 (December 2015) 779.

 

[5] the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 4 (October 2016) 712.

 

[6] Grand Rapids: Michigan: Zondervan, 1996, 236.

 

[7] n.a., The Roman Missal:  Renewed by Decree of the Most Holy Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, Promulgated by Authority of Pope Paul VI and Revised at the Direction of Pope John Paul II:  English Translation According to the Third Typical Edition:  For Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America:  Approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Confirmed by the Apostolic See (Washington, DC, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011) 489.  Personal Notes refers to this book as the Missal.

 

[8] National Conference of Catholic Bishops, The Roman Missal Restored by Decree of the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican and Promulgated by Authority of Pope Paul VI: Lectionary for Mass:  For Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America:  Second Typical Edition:  Volume I:  Sundays, Solemnities, Feasts of the Lord and the Saints (Collegeville, Minnesota:  The Liturgical Press, 1988) 905.  Personal Notes refers to this book as the Lectionary.

 

[9] UMI Annual Sunday School Lesson Commentary:  Precepts for Living ®: 2017-2018:  International Sunday School Lessons:  Volume 20:  UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), Adonijah Okechuku Ogbonnaya, Ph.D., (ed.) (Chicago, IL  60643: UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.), 2017) 85-86.


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