I am glad the CA Forums are back.
I wished they were there a couple of weeks ago. But the incident still stuck in my craw and I figured I would write it out and see if I am the only one that feels this way…
During the Mass on August 27th, we had the following readings…
First Reading:Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18
Psalm:Psalm 34:2-3, 16-21
Second Reading:Ephesians 5:21-32 or 5:2, 25-32
I have always liked the 6th chapter of John. Particularly the last few verses when Christ turns to his disciples and asks if they are going to leave too. I can picture the scene, people griping about what was said, people complaining about the teaching, and the disciples themselves having problems with what has been told. Then Christ looks at them.
Do you have a problem with this?
Are you going to leave too???
God doesn’t mince words.
If you have a problem with God’s words, tough. God is not going to change to suit you. You had better change for God.
So it was with a sense of great irony that in the same Mass in which this particular Gospel reading is read that we also find Paul’s letter to the Ephesians chopped and mangled.
I have seen other instances of readings being shortened, but this cannot be the case. Not only were four verses cut, but half (yes, only half) of another verse was inserted in.
The second reading was mutilated.
The feeling amplified even more given the Gospel we listened to shortly thereafter.
God doesn’t mince words, but apparently the American Bishops do.
Am I wrong here?
Is my feeling that the reading was mutilated and distorted off base?
Am I alone in feeling the need to retch at what I believe is a gross distortion of what was written?