MR Prefaces: Ordinary Sunday VII

The seventh Ordinary Sunday preface references John 3:16, the oft-quoted phrase from the Lord’s nighttime discussion with Nicodemus. Rather than focus on aspects of Jesus’ life that define his incarnation or the Paschal Mystery, the Church reminds us of the nature of the Son, in other words, “Salvation through the obedience of Christ.”

The MR2 is nearly always more succinct and clear in its English translation. Breaking up the original phrase into three sentences is a needful thing. But I do miss the obvious “mercy,” which is a curious omission from the 1998:


Here is the MR3:

For you so loved the world
that in your mercy you sent us the Redeemer,
to live like us in all things but sin,
so that you might love in us what you loved in your Son,
by whose obedience we have been restored to those gifts of yours
that, by sinning, we had lost in disobedience.

This is one of my favorite prefaces. At least I seem to notice it often enough. Any Sunday that references the mercy of Christ would be a good place to use it. Also, perhaps, predictions of the Passion.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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