Category Archives: Rites

Reconciliation Lectionary: Genesis 4:1-15

I have never heard this passage from the early mythology of Genesis proclaimed and preached at a Reconciliation Liturgy. The tale of Cain and Abel is one of the saddest in the Bible. At least I find it so. In … Continue reading

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Nuptial Acclamation

I saw this link on Rocco’s Twitter feed about the use of the Sunday feast’s readings for Pope Francis’ “Nuptial” Mass. I don’t have a problem with that: a focus on Christ, the Cross, and his sacrifice is very apt … Continue reading

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About Those Couples

Twenty couples will exchange marital vows Sunday, witnessed by Pope Francis. CNS has a feature story on it. I sure hope not too much is made of the falling skies of various situations of some of the couples: cohabiting, children, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Mark 10:32-45

Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Jerusalem–the final hour approaches. He predicts his Passion, and offers great detail. Peter is not the one with foot in mouth in this episode. James and John jockey for top billing … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Mark 2:1-12

The appendix of the Rite of Penance offers a handful of themes to those prepare a liturgy. That preparation might involve a communal service at the Church. But it might well lead to a home celebration. In that instance, the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Mark 12:28-34

The inquiry about the greatest commandment appears in two other Gospels (Matthew 22:34ff and Luke 10:25ff). The former is a suggestion for a Penance liturgy under the theme of “Love is the fullness of the law.” I suppose Mark’s version … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 11:22-12:2

The book of Wisdom can be difficult. At least I have found it so. It is also rich with very lyrical passages. These are well-represented in the Lectionary, notably in the sacrament of Penance and for funerals. As I was … Continue reading

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