Category Archives: Rite of Penance

Reconciliation Lectionary: Genesis 18:17-33

This weekend at Mass, Abraham bargains with the Lord of the Universe. God is singularly unimpressed with the sinfulness of Sodom. This reading also happens to appear as a possible choice for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. What would be your thoughts as … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 13:1-5

As ordinary time continues, we will get a steady dose of Luke’s Gospel each weekend until December. One reading that does not appear in the Sunday Lectionary is this tidbit from chapter 13, also found in the Rite of Penance … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 13:44-46

The treasure in the field. The pearl of great price. Two cherished Christian images that seem to have lost none of their tangible appeal even if pearl merchants are no longer on street corners. I suppose we do have realtors … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 6:14-15

The Sermon on the Mount covers three chapters in Matthew’s Gospel. There are some long narrative teachings, like the Beatitudes. And there are some that are abruptly short, like this one: Listen to what the Lord says to us: If … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 5:13-16

Yesterday we looked at a reading common to Holy Week, funerals, and penance. Tonight’s reading has been covered before on this website for weddings. Let’s read it again: Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 23:39-43

We’ve explored this passage before on this web site. It is one of the selections from the Order of Christian Funerals. Fifty-two weeks ago to the day we looked at it briefly. In returning to it today, I would still … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 9:9-13

The call of the apostle Matthew follows on the heels of the account of Jesus healing the paralytic and forgiving his sins. This call is direct. Two words are enough. I don’t know about you, but I can’t say I’m … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 9:1-8

The scribes were trussed that Jesus seemed to mash up healing and forgiveness. Of course, they were also in a religious and cultural tradition that insisted that God punished the sinful with misfortune and disease and disaster. From our Christian … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ephesians 1:3-6

This opening of the thanksgiving to the Ephesians is given as part of one of the “themed” penitential services in Appendix II of the Rite of Penance. The liturgies in this appendix were prepared by the CDWDS in the 1970′s. … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Galatians 5:16-24

Lists. Catholics bring them to confession. We’ve done so for centuries. Saint Paul offers us two of them in this passage from the Rite of Penance. One of fifteen bad things. One of nine good things. Let’s read all about … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

When I was looking at this passage, and the Collegeville Bible commentary on it, it struck me that the commandment Moses is bringing to the people is to love God. Can love be commanded? Here is the passage from the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: 1 Peter 1:13-16, 18-23

First Peter gives the penitent a mature outlook to consider. First, we are part of an  honored tradition. Second, we are presumed to have some level of accomplishment as believers, that we have worked on our life of faith and … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: 2 Peter 1:3-11

The only offering from this letter in the Reconciliation Lectionary: Beloved, His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and power. Through … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Hebrews 12:1-5

This passage from the letter to the Hebrews starts with a great visual image: Brothers and sisters, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: James 1:22-27

The letter of James contains much that strikes and unsettles the Christian believer. As it must have been for the community James was addressing, it remains so today. There is a lot of reflection material packed into six verses. The … Continue reading

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