By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Thoughts About the Sunday Mass Readings

For those who are interested, here they are (you can look up the readings if you wish):

1. The sign of a healthy person: a person who can give of himself or herself to others. If someone can't, then the person is not healthy--which does not at all mean that a person is somehow bad.

It is often the case that many do not have anything of themselves left over to give to others, given their internal, emotional struggles for daily psychological survival. Compare Galatians 2:20.

Maybe, in addition to a blood pressure test, we should have a test for giving of oneself to others so we can then search for a remedy.

2. In the Gospel reading, a woman washes Jesus' feet with her tears (Luke 7:36-8:3). The more I ponder, the more the arguments against the custom of including women in the foot washing of Holy Thursday loudly collapse. If you do not see it, then, I guess, you just do not see it, as the biblical saying goes ("Let him who has ears . . . ."; compare Ezekiel 12:2).

3. As someone who studies Latin daily, I thought how essential it is that Mass be available in the vernacular. The message of the liturgy is too urgent not to be widely available in the vernacular language.

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