Category Archives: Rite of Penance

Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 3:1-12

John the Baptist introduces repentance in the Gospels, and both Luke’s and Matthew’s versions make it to the Reconciliation Lectionary. Every Christian knows the word repent. We sometimes make jokes of it, and often we skirt it. It seems something … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 1:2-6, 15-18

The Church proclaims the prophet Isaiah during Advent, and listens to him. Traditionally, Christians saw Isaiah as a book that most strongly pointed toward Christ. Sidestepping biblical analysis, it is quite easy to see why. Jesus adopted many of the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 13:8-14

Some of this passage, the verses 11-14, is proclaimed on the First Sunday of Advent, cycle A. In my opinion, this is one of the best possible choices for an Advent communal service. Some people might focus on the commandments–this part … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Micah 6:1-6

The Micah 6:6-8 passage is better known than most any Old Testament passage. Do justice, love goodness, walk humbly: this is sage advice from the very core of the Jewish tradition. Read then the verses that precede it: Hear, then, what … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: James 5:13-16

This passage is well-utilized for the Anointing of the Sick, but does that one line make it suitable for Reconciliation? Let’s read, then discuss: Beloved: Is anyone among you suffering? He (or she) should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 43:22-28

The beginning of Isaiah 43 is one of the most gentle and tender passages in the Bible, the inspiration for many songs. But the end of the chapter is blunt, God telling his people he forgave their sins because they … Continue reading

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First Examination of Conscience

This morning was the parish’s First Reconciliation liturgy. I sat in a pew after doing the entrance music. I really recommend that. I wanted to get a kid’s perspective on this liturgy. I’ve inherited some liturgical pieces from my predecessors. … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 6:31-38

The Golden Rule, Luke-style: Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 19:1-10

The tale of Zacchaeus was proclaimed in Catholic churches, plus thousands of others, worldwide this past weekend. I wonder: what of reconciliation did you hear? Jesus was on his final journey, to Jerusalem, and yet he takes time from his … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: John 8:1-11

How confrontational do we read Jesus in the face of sexual sin? The story of his encounter with the adulterer and her accusers may be illustrative, or troubling and dismissed. Tattletales come off disappointed and frustrated–and Jesus didn’t even tell them off … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 7:14-25a

Another long passage that probably does not see a lot of use with the Sacrament of Penance. This important passage in Romans 7 is too long and repetitive for either form I or form II. But it is worth a … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 6:12-23

Slavery is a difficult topic these days, as well it should be. Women and children are enslaved. Men, too, but one hears less of that. Addicts know well the sense of enslavement to drink, drugs, sexual stimulation, food, and other … Continue reading

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Boom

Confessors in Britain report an uptick in the interest in the Sacrament of Penance. The Pope Francis effect? Pope Benedict’s visit three years ago? I’d prefer to attribute it to God’s grace. I’m sure the two most recent popes would … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 8:18-25

This passage is listed as one of two possibilities for the First Reading for the fifth sample penitential service in Appendix II. The framers of the rite paired it with two Kingdom similes found in Matthew 13:44-46. This is a rich … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 5:6-11

There’s a curious patch in this selection, that line about dying for a good person. I wonder if Saint Paul is speaking about an ancient understanding of placing oneself in the service of a king or noble and dying for … Continue reading

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