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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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Reconciliation Lectionary: Zechariah 1:1-6

Prophets from Elijah to John the Baptist urged people to repentance. Such advice often went unheeded. They also remind us this has all happened before. The post-Exilic community, in joy at the return from Babylon, clearly needed a repeat of the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ephesians 6:10-18

Christians have always struggled to understand sin. We know something is wrong. Yet we still do it. Saint Paul struggled mightily with this, if we are to read between the lines of his letters. Many Christian saints struggled heroically against … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: 1 John 1:5-2:2

In 1 John, we are given the starkest contrast: the darkness and the light. It seems simple enough to think of sin as associated with darkness. One of the favorite preaching themes of my pastor is to remind Advent or … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: 1 John 4:16-21

This brief reading concludes chapter four of Saint John’s first letter. It has the merit of brevity. It also wraps up an important biblical theme: gratitude. God loves us so much. Do we in turn offer love to others? If … 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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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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