12:1-4a This is one of the shortest Readings we have seen in a while.
121:1 I recall that there are various interpretations of this Psalm, one being the “nature’ interpretation that sees in the hills evidence of the LORD’s presence, the other suggesting this verse is setting up a comparison between the local mountain deities, which do not provide help, and the LORD, which does. When such diverse interpretations present themselves, how do we decide? With the following Monday being Saint Patrick’s Day, you may want to consider this psalm in conversation with the Legend of Patrick lighting the Easter fire on the “hill” Slane.
4:1 I see an obvious connection to the First Reading, but it would seem that Christians of non-Jewish background cannot claim Abraham as our ancestor, according to the flesh, as Paul did.
3:1-17 This passage is so nuanced and so multivalent, I am not sure where to begin. I prefer a Jungian interpretation, but does that preach? What do you know about Pharisees? Is there any symbolism or significance associated with the name “Nicodemus”?