Category Archives: Scripture

Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 18:15-20

This passage is much-loved by those who tout the apostolic authority of the Church. But for us ordinary lay folk, it is about as down-to-earth as it gets with regard to the matter of specks and planks. Jesus gives one … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Colossians 3:1-10, 12-17

The Wedding Lectionary offers verses 12-17 as a possibility. You can check a wedding-friendly essay here. Scripture scholars have remarked on the similarity between this section of Colossians and Ephesians 5 on which we posted last month. The main difference … Continue reading

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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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17 Tammuz

Tuesday as a fast day for peace: Rabbi Arthur Waskow writes in The American Muslim: What is 17 Tammuz about? It commemorates the day when the Babylonian Army broke through the walls of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, three weeks before … 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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Peter and Paul: Are These The Best Readings?

This is one of those few weekends where there is a different set of readings for Saturday and Sunday. Let the liturgically astute among us be forewarned. With two possible Gospel readings, one of my colleagues at school was surprised … 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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Knowing Christ

The students have “WNL” (Wednesday Night Liturgy) weekly during the summer session. Tonight they did Lectio Divina, and naturally, I could not stay away. (I had some last-minute packing up in my office to boot.) The Scripture they gave was … Continue reading

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Camelopardalis: Inside the Spots

I did not stay up to view the rocky debris that appeared to originate from the northern sky the other night. Universe Today has this detailed report from Minnesota. The Camelopardalid meteor shower may be new, but I have known … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Exodus 20:1-21

The Ten Commandments. Today the cornerstone of Mosaic Law has become a banner for the culturewar. Might I presume you readers know your commandments, even if they are not posted at the county courthouse? Check verses 2 through 17 if you … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ephesians 2:1-10

Section 157 in the Rite of Penance gives a long section of Ephesians 2 as an option for a reading. As with other reflections in this series, we’ll look at the passage not as a Bible Study as such, but … Continue reading

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