Friday, November 16, 2018
Today, in Mercy, our first reading is from John’s very brief second epistle.
This is a fascinating passage. It is addressed to “Kyria”, Greek for “Lady”. The contents encourage this revered lady to keep herself and her household true to Christ.
Reading the passage, one wonders who “Kyria” is. At least three theories exist among scholars:
- an actual religious leader
- a metaphor for the Church
- Mary, Mother of Jesus
The letter is beautifully personal in tone, so I like to think that Kyria was, indeed, an influential church leader and John’s beloved friend. So often, the names of early Christian women leaders are lost to history. Whether they were omitted in the original texts, or erased by subsequent misogynistic translators, we can only surmise. But the absence has served to support the misperception that women are of lesser consequence in the Church.
As we read 2 John, we can be aware of the major themes he entrusted to dear “Kyria”, whoever she might have been, to be transmitted to her household:
- Truth is expressed through love, modeled to us in Jesus.
- Obedience to God is expressed through service in His name.
- Guard against any who distract you from these teachings.
Music: Kyria (Lady) is the feminine form of Kyrie , as in “Kyrie eleison” (Lord, have mercy).
So the music I thought of for today is the magnificent Kyrie Eleison from Charles Gounod’s Mass for St. Cecilia.