Category Archives: Scripture

Four, Nine, and Eleven

Those are good Gospel numbers for Lent. Sunday Mass this year features these great encounters with the Lord Jesus. As does the online Ignatian retreat for week 25. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it the other day. One … Continue reading

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Christian Looks at Scripture and Salvation

My occasionally-frequently commenting friend Dick Martin is back in the comboxes. Rather than let the commentary stand there with Romans 6:3-9, I thought I’d pull it out and respond here. From Wednesday: This passage is talking to those who have … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Exodus 17:1-7

This weekend’s first reading is a classic of the Lenten Scriptures. It is one of the few readings cited for being the inspiration for a Psalm. (The 95th–which we will also sing this weekend.) The bracketed portion is the extended … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Wisdom 5:15-16

This is another non-Lectionary Scripture. It is part of a much longer reading suggested for the sacrament of Penance. When I was reflecting on this during my daily prayer, it struck me as ideal for a funeral. Brief. One point. … Continue reading

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Beyond Healing, Beyond Miracles

Recently in the Spiritual Exercises, I was exposed to a new way of viewing the healing miracles of Jesus. The Jesuit Larry Gillick asks, “What then?” The retreatant is encouraged to reflect at length on these experiences of healing. I … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Jeremiah 7:21-26

Jeremiah contributes two readings to the Reconciliation Lectionary. This passage below is an excerpt from the Temple Sermon of the prophet, and bears a stylistic similarity to the book of Deuteronomy. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of … Continue reading

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Lent 2 Antiphons and Psalms

There have been some interesting, perhaps heated discussions about the Mass propers lately. It seems to me more like a dialogue of the deaf. I thought that since this weekend’s offerings from the Roman Antiphonary are typical, it might be … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

The Rite of Penance gives a lengthy second appendix containing six sample penitential services. These are given primarily for use with forms II (reconciling several penitents with individual confession and absolution) and III (general confession and absolution). The first two … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ezekiel 11:14-21

The prophet Ezekiel is not one of the most hopeful figures of the Old Testament. This following passage is a bit out of character for the rough-edged seer who dealt in dry bones and water gushing from the temple and … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Joel 2:12-19

The classic opener on Ash Wednesday, the first Scripture that invites us deeply into Lent. Are we ready for it? We hear it every year. Has it become too familiar? I’m not sure it works well in a communal reconciliation, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 1:12-16

Let’s wrap up our three-part look at Wisdom 1:1-16, a rather long Lectionary passage in the Rite of Penance (#111). When I was reflecting on this passage earlier this week, it struck me as a possibly good choice for a … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 1:6-11

Let’s continue our look at the first chapter of the book of Wisdom as a Reconciliation reading. You readers know I’m not a fan of a long reading for its own sake. Short and to the point is most often best. For … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 1:1-5

The opening chapter (verses 1-16) of the Book of Wisdom is one of the longest Scripture passages to be found in the Rite of Penance (RP111). These words are as rich as they are lengthy and outside of a deep … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 5:38-47

The classic passage on non-violence. My pastor preached again this weekend. He didn’t mince words. Non-violence (not passive acquiescence!) is not a suggestion: “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 5:33-37

The end of last Sunday’s Gospel was the main focus of my pastor’s homily. The idea of talking plainly, of letting one’s yes mean yes. And getting off our indecisiveness and keeping-options-open and making a commitment when we are called … Continue reading

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