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Lecturile biblice de la Taina Sfântului Maslu (setul al doilea de lecturi)
Biblical Readings from the Mystery of Holy Unction (second set of readings)

Author(s): Ilie Melniciuc-Puică
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Facultatea de Teologie Ortodoxă Alba Iulia
Keywords: Biblical lecturers; worship; patience; repentace; forgiveness; hope

Summary/Abstract: This study deals with the second group of biblical texts reading on the Mystery of Holy Unction. The goal is to express the linking between the texts in the Christian office, like in synagogue reading practice, developing theological themes. In the Christian worship Old Testament is present in Prokimenon that express a fragment of Psalms and New Testament by the Apostle corresponds to reading from the Prophets, Gospel replacing the reading of the law. God cares for the lonely believer, but also for the harmony of the community. Exegesis of the text is from Psalm 117: 14 and 18 (LXX), making up Prokimenon, analyzing then each verse of the Apostle Rom 15:1-7. The theme of divine consolation, stated by Prokimenon is expressed especially in Rom 15: 4-5, where God pours through the Scriptures, in his work, patience of the community of Rome. The expression “did not please himself” refers to the crucifixion of the Lord, because the Evangelists in New Testament use Psalm 68:10 (LXX) linked about the sufferings of Christ: “the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me”. The silent suffering example of Christ on cross help consolidate the spiritual unity. Urging the unity of believers, by acceptance of the weak by the strong, is expressed in Prokimenon of Psalm 88:1 (LXX), song before the Gospel text. The meeting between Jesus and Zacchaeus the publican of Lk 19:1-10 helps us to understand scriptural message on spiritual and social healing that the Lord gives to “this son of Abraham”. It is the discussion of forgiveness, repentance assessing what was wrong by the way, giving immediate liberty to begin a new spiritual path and spiritual restoration between Zacchaeus and the God of the believers. The dialogical response between the Savior and Zacchaeus becomes an emblem for the suffering, because God, without forcing his freedom, after repentance, give him the possibility to receive divine mercy. Biblical readings found scriptural echoes in the second prayer of this mystery, who follows the message of the sacred texts, synthesizing need of repentance, for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit grace over all who hear the word of God.

  • Issue Year: XVII/2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 27-48
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Romanian