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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

At the Church of the Excluded Middle  

Today I went for Assumption mass to a parish I haven't attended in a while. Used to, when I was working nearby and it was convenient. It's still pretty convenient, but I don't much care for their notions of church. They have such a profoundly preferential option for the marginalized that there's a tendency to discount the interests and concerns of the relatively whole. Which I find rather unedifying; but what truly offends me is the way they screw around with the liturgy. And, evidently, with scripture.

The gospel text for the feast is the Magnificat, of course. I had not realized until this reading of it (and the homily following) that the only two meaningful verses are
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly
He has filled the hungry with good things; the rich he has sent away empty
The rest, apparently, is context and commentary on the Almighty's exaltation of those whom the world despises. But I had never heard this reading before:
As He promised our forebears, Abraham and Sarah and their children ...
Ah yes. In a misguided attempt at inclusiveness, these folk seem to have written the entire line of Ishmael, Abraham's first son via Sarah's maid Hagar, completely out of Mary's blessing.

Good thing Muslims don't take such things too seriously.

posted by Kelly | 2:50 PM link