Joy and light are the words for these readings. Jesus Christ is the reason for joy. Jesus Christ reconciles the sinful Faithful to the Father through his suffering, death, and resurrection. Such is the context in which one God in three persons glorifies the Son.
verse 7a Shout with joy for
exult at the head of the nations.
verse 8a Behold, I will bring them back
from the land of the north
verse 9a They departed in tears …
verse 9c For I am a father to
Ephraim is my first-born.
Ephraim is a child of
Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 (3)
This is one of the few places the Lectionary uses a whole Psalm. The Lectionary uses this Psalm at three Sunday liturgies.
Readings Page in Verses used
6C 30 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 (3)
36C 229 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 (3)
149B 921 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 (3) The readings for today.
This is the first time the 126th Psalm appears in the Lectionary readings germane to these Notes.
The Order of Christian Funerals utilizes this Psalm at 13, 16 Antiphons and Psalms for use in various places within the rites. While verse 3 is the Responsorial for the Sundays, verse 6, modified as follows, is the Antiphon for the funeral rite. “Those who sow in tears shall sigh for joy when they reap.”
verse 5a it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest
Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death
And brought life to light through the Gospel.
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
points out that the meaning is to see again. This again
has special meaning for
The Vulgate (circa 410): ut videam.”
Douay-Rheims (1582-1610): that I may see.”
New American (1970): I want to see.”
New Jerusalem (1985): let me see again.”
Again also has special meaning for blindness; there is a big difference in comprehension between one never having seen and one who lost sight.
According to the back title page, the translation from the Sunday Sermons was published between 1955 and 1966 without copyright date. The copyright for the book I use is 1996, material I am not copying. All of the quoted material below is from the Sunday Sermons for Quinquagesima Sunday.
There were many people around Jesus, and the blind man had
not known Him, but he felt His presence, and laid hold of Him with his heart
whom his eye could not see: and so there follows: And when he heard the multitude passing by, he asked what this meant. And those who could see were speaking of Him
according to common report; for there follows: And they told him, that
Saint John Chrysostom (354-407) wrote,
Let us then be humble, that we may be exalted. For arrogance lowers us completely. It was pride cast Pharao [sic] down: Who is the Lord? I know not the
Lord, he says; and then he was made lower than the flies and frogs and
locusts; and afterwards was drowned with all his horses and armies. But
The following, from
an unknown author. is incorrectly attributed
Was the favor bestowed, then [sic] grace preceded it. And as the fountain is one, yet many draw from the fountain: this one with a little vessel, this other with a larger; the first draws but little water, the second draws much; and it is not the fountain that determines the measure of the water drawn forth; for each draws according to the capacity of his vessel. So grace is placed before us as a fountain.
The following from
Love God. You will
not find anything more worthy of love. You
love silver, because it is more precious than iron or bronze. You love gold still more, because it is more
precious than silver. Still more precious
stones, for they are prized above gold. Last,
you love this light; which all who dread death fear to leave. You love light, I say, as he loved it, with
deep longing, who cried to
The blind man cries out, as
The crowd clamors, that the blind man shall not cry out. There are not a few Christians who seek to
hinder us from living as Christians: like the crowd that walked with
For here is a great mystery.
He was passing by when this man began to cry out: when He healed him He
stood still. Let
Standing still, below comes from stopped in the Lectionary.
He ascended into heaven, He sits at the right hand of the
Father: He stands still. Cry out all you
can: now He will give thee light. For that in Him the Word was with God. He has of
a surety stood still; since He was not changed.
And the Word was God: and the Word
was made Flesh. The Flesh has
wrought many things through passing by, and suffered many. The Word has stood still. By this Word the soul is enlightened;
as by this Word the flesh which He took on is adorned. Take away the Word, what then of the flesh? It is as yours. That the flesh of
In a sermon on
steadfastness in prayer,
This crowd torments us, lest we cry out: for it is generally in prayer that we have to suffer the images of our former sins. But it is necessary that the more they oppose the cry of our heart, the more courageously let it be steadfast, until it has overcome the tumult of the evil thoughts, and broken upon the sacred ears of the Lord by the force of its importunity.
Let us seek from the Lord, not deceiving riches, not earthly gifts, not fleeting honors, but light. And not that light which may be enclosed in space, and is measured by time, and changes with the coming of night, and which is enjoyed in common by sheep and men; but let us seek for the light that we and the angels alone may see; which no beginning commences, and no end encloses. To this light the way is through faith alone. Fittingly then does He answer the man who is now about to be given sight: Receive thy sight, thy faith hath made thee whole.
For sources, see the Appendix file.
 Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate ® Dictionary: Tenth Edition (Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, 1993), 389.
 Jack Dean Kingsbury, “Observations on the `Miracle Chapters’ of Mathew 8-9,” the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 4 (October 1978) 560, footnote 4.