This past weekend, I was the lector at our vigil Mass. As I was preparing for my ministry that evening, I was looking over the readings in the Lectionary. Someone had taken it upon themselves to change the second reading to be more inclusive. They had changed son to child and so on. It was written in pencil, so I promptly erased it and read the scripture as it was written. Was I wrong to do so? Do you find this happening in your parishes also?
Thanks and God Bless!
Example of what was done in bold face:
Brothers and sisters,
You have forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:
“My son ***(child)***, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord
or lose heart when reproved by him;
for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;
he scourges every son (child) he acknowledges.”
Endure your trials as “discipline”;
God treats you as sons ***(children)***.
For what “son” (“child”) is there whom his father does not discipline?
At the time,
all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain,
yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who are trained by it.
So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.
Make straight paths for your feet,
that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.
The Word of the Lord