Category Archives: Scripture

Reconciliation Lectionary: Ephesians 4:17-24

The Rite of Penance number 158 cites Ephesians 4:1-3, 17-32 as a choice for the sacrament. We looked at verses 1-3 in this post. By skipping verses 4-16, the Lectionary assemblers linked the appeal for unity to a laundry list … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ephesians 4:1-3

The Rite of Penance number 158 cites Ephesians 4:1-3, 17-32 as a choice for the sacrament. This is another super long reading that makes me wonder a bit about the formulators of the Rite. I grant you Ephesians is a … Continue reading

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Lining Up Antiphons

One of our graduating students and I have been working on the parish summer music plan. It’s not too clear if she will be here to be part of it. But since she might be looking at an eventual career … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 5:1-12

Here we have another Scripture passage used at weddings, and fairly often. I have experienced it a few times at funerals as well. (This site’s commentaries are mine for weddings and Fran’s for funerals.) Why is this passage so loved? … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 12:1-2, 9-19

Thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Romans 12 has seen a bit of a resurgence in popularity at weddings. At least in online popularity. The summary of this reading for weddings is nearly six years old. You can … Continue reading

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Finding The Place

With The Price Is Right providing the soundtrack to my morning today’s Scripture for my Ignatian retreat was Matthew 26:20-30. (Okay, it was two weeks ago, but so what?) Enter God’s graceful sense of humor about my annual post-Triduum ritual of … Continue reading

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Wrong Question, Even For The States

“Above the fold” at RNS is Brian Pellot’s quick bit about a nation wringing hands over its identity. I’ve seen headlines on this discussion. If it took place in my own country, I couldn’t get excited about it. Is Britain … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: John 15:9-14

Toward the end of the long section in the Rite of Penance (RP 101-201) there is a reading which shares most of the verses with two suggested for weddings. It is from Jesus’ farewell supper with his disciples. What does a … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: John 19:13-37

The suffering and death of Jesus from the Passion of Saint John’s Gospel is a single offering in the Reconciliation Lectionary. Let’s read: When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus out and seated him on the judge’s bench in … Continue reading

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Sleep

I had about a half-hour last night before rehearsing with one of the Easter Vigil cantors. A good time to pray, I thought. Opened the Bible and settled onto the couch in one of the rooms off the student lounge. … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 26:69-75

It is a timely reading for Holy Week, and we hear Peter’s denial every year at this time. Sometimes twice. Would we add a third time at a Communal Penance liturgy, or in form I with an individual penitent? As … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 31:10, 15-17, 20

We treated the 31st Psalm earlier in this series, looking at verses 2 and 4-6. This psalm also appears as a suggestion for the sample penitential services in appendix II of the Rite of Penance under the title of “sin … Continue reading

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An Invitation Mirrored: Come and See

I noticed the line in last weekend’s Gospel, a repeat of an earlier invitation offered by the Lord. Earlier: The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, … Continue reading

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Move To The Right (of 1 Kings)

From two states south of us, a potential 2016 presidential campaigner was in my state last night, according to CNN: Mike Huckabee told an Iowa crowd on Tuesday that he’s “not homophobic,” but believing marriage should be between one man … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 22:31-34

Appendix two of the Rite of Penance provides a number of sample liturgies. Under theme of “sin and conversion” three possible Gospel readings are given. One takes us to the conversation between the chief of the apostles and the Lord: … Continue reading

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