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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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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 7:14-25a

Another long passage that probably does not see a lot of use with the Sacrament of Penance. This important passage in Romans 7 is too long and repetitive for either form I or form II. But it is worth a … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 6:12-23

Slavery is a difficult topic these days, as well it should be. Women and children are enslaved. Men, too, but one hears less of that. Addicts know well the sense of enslavement to drink, drugs, sexual stimulation, food, and other … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 8:18-25

This passage is listed as one of two possibilities for the First Reading for the fifth sample penitential service in Appendix II. The framers of the rite paired it with two Kingdom similes found in Matthew 13:44-46. This is a rich … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 5:6-11

There’s a curious patch in this selection, that line about dying for a good person. I wonder if Saint Paul is speaking about an ancient understanding of placing oneself in the service of a king or noble and dying for … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 3:22-26

In his letter to the Romans we find Paul’s most developed and articulate theology, including many explorations of redemption. Over the next few days, I’d like to explore all the Romans readings in the Reconciliation Lectionary and unpack some of … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: John 8:31-36

Freedom! Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Genesis 18:17-33

This weekend at Mass, Abraham bargains with the Lord of the Universe. God is singularly unimpressed with the sinfulness of Sodom. This reading also happens to appear as a possible choice for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. What would be your thoughts as … Continue reading

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Martha or Mary?

(Today I offer you my first guest post. I am grateful and quite humbled to be hosting Catholic Sensibility this week.) Last week someone mentioned to me that they dreaded this weekend because they could not bear to hear another … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 13:1-5

As ordinary time continues, we will get a steady dose of Luke’s Gospel each weekend until December. One reading that does not appear in the Sunday Lectionary is this tidbit from chapter 13, also found in the Rite of Penance … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 13:44-46

The treasure in the field. The pearl of great price. Two cherished Christian images that seem to have lost none of their tangible appeal even if pearl merchants are no longer on street corners. I suppose we do have realtors … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 6:14-15

The Sermon on the Mount covers three chapters in Matthew’s Gospel. There are some long narrative teachings, like the Beatitudes. And there are some that are abruptly short, like this one: Listen to what the Lord says to us: If … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 5:13-16

Yesterday we looked at a reading common to Holy Week, funerals, and penance. Tonight’s reading has been covered before on this website for weddings. Let’s read it again: Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 23:39-43

We’ve explored this passage before on this web site. It is one of the selections from the Order of Christian Funerals. Fifty-two weeks ago to the day we looked at it briefly. In returning to it today, I would still … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 9:9-13

The call of the apostle Matthew follows on the heels of the account of Jesus healing the paralytic and forgiving his sins. This call is direct. Two words are enough. I don’t know about you, but I can’t say I’m … Continue reading

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