I am a newly trained Lector in my Parish. As of yesterday.
I am taking this responsibility seriously.
I probably won’t be called to proclaim until Advent, but I am in a small parish and it is unfortunately not unusual for the Priest to come out before Sunday Mass and ask: “Are there any Lectors here?” Because someone misread the schedule, or didn’t show up or whatever so I decided to prepare for every Sunday Mass.
On top of that, for the last few years I’ve been like a lot of American Catholics where I open the Scriptures only when the reading of specific passages are assigned to me as penance. So I thought if I prepare every week this bad practice of mine might end, and help me build at least one good habit for my personal Spiritual journey. If I force myself to be prepared, I will feel like I have no excuses and choice but to crack open the Scriptures every day.
The workbook Father gave us in the class suggests we start preparation for next Sunday Mass after this Sunday Mass.
The first reading for next week is Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
The first reading for next week looks like it is actually from Sirach 35:15-17, 20-22 the way the verses are labeled on the USCCB website.
But my old Confraternity Edition Douay Rheims version and my New American Bible seem to match the verse numbering of the reading and not the USCCB website, save the first part of verse 19 is included.
AND the reading cuts off mid-sentence: “…and the Lord will not delay.” when the chapter continues: “…and like a warrior, will not be still; Till he breaks the backs of the merciless and wreaks vengeance upon the nations; Till he destroys the scepter of the proud, and cuts off the staff of the wicked;…”
First, I’m curious about the verse number differences. Is Sirach one of those books that can be numbered differently depending on which edition of the Bible you have?
Second, I mean, WOW! Why cut off the passage at “…and the Lord will not delay?” I mean, to me the following few words change the entire tone of the reading. I mean, really change it. Or why not end at the end of verse 18?
Can anyone help me with these questions?