Category Archives: Rite of Penance

Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 55, From The Heavens

The conclusion of Isaiah 55 was recently a first reading for an ordinary Sunday. Like the other sections of this chapter, it has inspired much sacred music. Let’s read, then discuss, and perhaps offer a conclusion or two. For just as from … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 55, Seek The Lord

Reconciliation is all about seeking God. In the classic tale of sin and return, Luke 15’s two sons, Jesus relates that the movement toward the father, and by implication to God the Father, is the essential vector for a returning … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 55, Come To The Water

The lyrical and lengthy fifth reading from the Easter Vigil is one of the many dozens of options for the Rite of Penance. It’s the entire fifty-fifth chapter of the prophet Isaiah. And it’s too much to cover in one post. It … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: James 3:1-12

The Reconciliation Lectionary gives four passages from the Letter of James, and this post reviews one of the two lengthy offerings. To whom much is given … Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: James 2:14-26

One might ask what the discussion about faith and works is doing in the Reconciliation Lectionary. It’s a frequent Christian discussion, sometimes an unfortunate argument across our sad divisions, as to what Saint James means when he insists that faith … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 123

This is one of the shorter pieces in the Psalter, a humble prayer for those on pilgrimage to Jerusalem. (Cf. Psalms 120-134) The entire psalm text is given as an option in the rite at number 144. The antiphon is: … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ephesians 5:1-14

Ephesians 5 gets a lot of attention for how its author dealt with the relationship of husband and wife. Be assured the Rite of Penance doesn’t touch upon this chapter’s hot spot. There are shorter versions of this reading in … Continue reading

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