Category Archives: Scripture

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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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 5:27-32

This piece of last Sunday’s Gospel got scant treatment from my pastor in his homily. Here’s why: (W)e might focus on the saying about adultery and lust, about tearing your eye out and cutting off your limbs.  This is just … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 5:25-26

A small piece that Scripture scholars link with the saying on leaving one’s gift at the altar and going to reconcile: Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 5:21-24

The pastor preached on the long form of the Sunday Gospel passage this past weekend. The overarching discussion was on making and keeping commitments. He mentioned the formula Jesus gives, “You have heard … But I say to you …” … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 5:17-20

The Reconciliation Lectionary gives thirty-one verses as an option for a reading at number 180 in the rite. Honestly, I can’t imagine that whole Gospel passage proclaimed at either liturgy or with reconciliation with one penitent. This coming weekend’s long … Continue reading

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