Category Archives: Scripture

Funeral Lectionary: Titus 2:11-14

It’s a Christmas reading, and if you attend Midnight Mass it should be familiar: Beloved: the grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

At a wedding, when 1 Corinthians 13 is read, usually it’s the whole chapter. This second half of that larger reading seems appropriate for a reflection on the end of life and to what lies beyond human death. What does … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

I know what a few of you are going to say. “But this is a wedding reading!” Will mourners sit up straight, cock their heads, and ask if nuptials broke out at a funeral? A reading like this will get … Continue reading

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Lost Opportunity

Paul Moses blogs at dotCommonweal about the NYT piece on conservative reticence about Pope Francis. Lost opportunity for the US bishops? Count me a skeptic on that. This isn’t about the bishops. It’s time for the Catholic laity to grow … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 2:6-9

I’m not sure which priest I worked for suggested this brief reading to his parishioners, but I thought it a succinct and appropriate selection for the occasion of a funeral. It seems to touch on three important points. But before … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 6:31-38

The Golden Rule, Luke-style: Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 19:1-10

The tale of Zacchaeus was proclaimed in Catholic churches, plus thousands of others, worldwide this past weekend. I wonder: what of reconciliation did you hear? Jesus was on his final journey, to Jerusalem, and yet he takes time from his … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: John 8:1-11

How confrontational do we read Jesus in the face of sexual sin? The story of his encounter with the adulterer and her accusers may be illustrative, or troubling and dismissed. Tattletales come off disappointed and frustrated–and Jesus didn’t even tell them off … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Revelation 7:9-10, 15-17

The first reading for All Saints has a narrow intersection with one of the readings suggested for a funeral of a child (but not for an adult): verses 9 and 10. The commonality: I had a vision of a great … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Ephesians 1:3-10

Overlooked in the funeral Lectionary is this selection suggested for the funeral of a child. You can find more Catholic suggestions in the Order of Christian funerals right after the adult readings, in chapter 14. The framers of the rite suggest … Continue reading

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Narcissism, Narcissism Everywhere

This isn’t a post about this past weekend’s tax collector. I think he was alright. First, Jesus talked about him as an illustration, and not as a real human being. So a question: can a guilty person be a narcissist? … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Isaiah 46:3-4

A brief passage here, taken out of context of a larger narrative in Isaiah 46 in which pagan gods are mocked for being empty and powerless statues, dependent on human beings to carry them from place to place. God, however, … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Isaiah 43:1-3a

Two of the most loved songs in Catholic liturgy (“Be Not Afraid,” “You Are Mine”) are based on this same passage in Isaiah. The message of comfort clearly speaks to many in the modern age. The excerpt I’ve used at … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Sirach 41:11-13

More wisdom from Ben Sira, the author of the Book of Sirach. Our mortality is mentioned only in passing, to drive home the point about the value in having lived a virtuous life. Before using at a funeral, perhaps be sure … Continue reading

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The Allure of a Universe

The BBC site is a near-daily visit for me. But fascinating is the consistent popularity of astronomy news. These news items frequently appear on the BBC’s sidebar, “Most Popular In News.” Today it was a distant newly-discovered galaxy churning out … Continue reading

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