Category Archives: Scripture

Apologetics Off Track

With commentaries like this, it’s no wonder some conservative Catholics are “confused” about Pope Francis and what he’s saying. To begin with, I have no particular beef with Jimmy Akin. He’s one of the top apologists in Catholicism, and I … Continue reading

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Do It Right

Catholic political blogger Thomas Peters seems well into his recovery from a devastating spinal cord accident, getting back into writing this month here and here. He seems disinclined to play to his base, the hard-core GOP 6% who disapprove of Pope … Continue reading

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The Long Psalms

The long psalms have been a curiosity to me ever since I first cracked open my mother’s Bible. Being a good Baptist, she referred to what is now my favorite book in the Scriptures as Psalms, and in her KJV, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Malachi 3:1-7a

Two days before Christmas, the Church assigns Malachi to proclaim the coming messenger of judgment to the people. In the chill of northern winter, we hear of enough heat to refine precious metal. In the Rite of Penance, this is … Continue reading

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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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Funeral Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 9:24-25

I think we used a longer form of 1 Corinthians for a priest’s funeral once, 9:16-19, 22-27, and that seems fitting, using Saint Paul’s reference to his own apostolic credentials and how he conducted his ministry in Corinth. For an … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Proverbs 31: 10-12, 25-26, 28-31

The book of Proverbs concludes with a twenty-two-line poem extolling the ideal woman. Scripture scholars in our midst should perks up at that number, for yes, each line of this text in the Hebrew original begins with a sequenced letter of … Continue reading

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More Haiyan Aftermath

NPR’s Morning Edition had a feature on survival and coping in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The images from the inside of churches–images with roofs torn off–are unsettling. Terasita Mazeda, churchgoer: We just go to church and … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 2 Timothy 4:6-8

This brief passage presents a bit of Saint Paul’s backstory, his experience of trials and suffering, as well as his sense of accomplishment. Today’s Christian might find the athletic imagery appealing. I think this is why one of my pastors promoted … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Mark 10:13-16

Funerals of children, thank goodness, are rare. Don’t forget to turn the pages of the Order of Christian Funerals and find the selection of readings given for the tragedy of a young person’s death. There is one Gospel passage that … Continue reading

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