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Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 117

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 19, 2013

PRAISE YAHWEH ALL YE GENTILES

WHAT we find frequently as an introduction in other psalms—a summons to the praise of Yahweh—appears here as a complete and independent psalm. The summons is here addressed, not, as usual, to Israel, but to the heathen peoples. If the psalm was used, as it seems to have been, in the regular liturgy of the Temple, we can infer from it how familiar to Israel was the thought of the universality of Yahweh’s kingdom. The heathens are called upon to praise the Lord because of His goodness towards Israel (super nos). This implies that they recognise the rule, and share in the worship, of Yahweh.

This outspoken universalism is obviously based on the Messianic outlook. In Rom 15:11 St. Paul takes the first verse of this psalm as a prophecy of the call of the Gentiles, and Theodoret sees echoes of this psalm in Titus 3:4-6; Ephes 2:8; Rom 5:8; 15:8-9. Most of the older commentators point out that the conversion of the Gentiles was due chiefly to the misericordia (loving kindness, mercy) of God, whereas the conversion of the Jews, as something promised in the ancient oracles, was primarily due to the divine Veritas (fidelity, loyalty). It is scarcely necessary, however, to regard this psalm as expressmg fine distinctions between the results of God’s loving kindness and of His truth. Besides, the fact is that the call of the Gentiles was foretold in the ancient prophecies just as clearly as the call of the Jews—from which it should follow that God in actually calling the heathens to His Kingdom was moved thereto by His Veritas—His loyalty to His promises. The point of the psalm does not lie in any contrast between loving kindness and truth, but in the circumstance that the heathen are called on to glorify Yahweh because the kindness and truth of God have abounded towards the Hebrews.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013~Commentaries and Resources for Sunday Mass (Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms)

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 19, 2013

This post contains biblical and homiletic resources for this Sunday’s Mass for both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite. Some resources are still marked “pending” but should be available by Wednesday or Thursday evening. Updates may also be added latter in the week.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2013
ORDINARY FORM OF THE ROMAN RITE
TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

READINGS AND OFFICE:

  • Anglican Use Daily Office. ”Briefly, it is a provision for an “Anglican style” liturgy similar to the Book of Common Prayer as an ecclesiastically approved variant on the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.” More info.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Isaiah 66:18-21.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL PSALM: 117:1-2.

  • Pending: Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 117.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Luke 13:22-30.

GENERAL RESOURCES:

  • Sacerdos. Gives theme of the readings, doctrinal message, suggested pastoral applications.
  • The Bible Workshop. Guide to the Gospel; review of the readings, suggestions for a lesson (i.e., homily).
  • The Wednesday Word. Time sensitive link. Reflections and commentary on the Sunday readings by Father Dom Henry Wansbrough, O.S.B. He is a world renowned biblical scholar who contributed four commentaries on the NT section of the New Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture (Matt, Mark, Acts, Pastorals), and was general editor of the New Jerusalem Bible.

PODCASTS: will post Wednesday or Thursday.

  • Father Francis Martin’s Reflection on the Sunday Readings (in Four Parts): Each approx. 15 minutes.

Part 1: Theme on the Universal Call.
Part 2: On the First Reading and Responsorial.
Part 3: On the Second Reading.
Part 4: On the Gospel Reading.

EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE ROMAN RITE
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Dominica XIV Post Pentecosten IV. Augusti ~ II. classis

Missal and Breviary:

COMMENTARIES ON THE LESSON: Gal 5:16-24.

  • Pending: Bishop MacEvily’s Commentary on Galatians 5:16-24.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL: Matt 6:24-33.

HOMILIES AND HOMILY NOTES:

  • Avarice. Gospel homily also by Fr. Wirth.

MORE HOMILIES AND NOTES PENDING.

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