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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 9:1-8

The scribes were trussed that Jesus seemed to mash up healing and forgiveness. Of course, they were also in a religious and cultural tradition that insisted that God punished the sinful with misfortune and disease and disaster. From our Christian … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ephesians 1:3-6

This opening of the thanksgiving to the Ephesians is given as part of one of the “themed” penitential services in Appendix II of the Rite of Penance. The liturgies in this appendix were prepared by the CDWDS in the 1970′s. … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Galatians 5:16-24

Lists. Catholics bring them to confession. We’ve done so for centuries. Saint Paul offers us two of them in this passage from the Rite of Penance. One of fifteen bad things. One of nine good things. Let’s read all about … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

When I was looking at this passage, and the Collegeville Bible commentary on it, it struck me that the commandment Moses is bringing to the people is to love God. Can love be commanded? Here is the passage from the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: 1 Peter 1:13-16, 18-23

First Peter gives the penitent a mature outlook to consider. First, we are part of an  honored tradition. Second, we are presumed to have some level of accomplishment as believers, that we have worked on our life of faith and … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: 2 Peter 1:3-11

The only offering from this letter in the Reconciliation Lectionary: Beloved, His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and power. Through … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Hebrews 12:1-5

This passage from the letter to the Hebrews starts with a great visual image: Brothers and sisters, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: James 1:22-27

The letter of James contains much that strikes and unsettles the Christian believer. As it must have been for the community James was addressing, it remains so today. There is a lot of reflection material packed into six verses. The … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: 1 Peter 2:20b-25

During Lent, the usual Sunday evening New Testament canticle for Vespers (Revelation 19 with lots of alleluias) is replaced with a lyrical passage from 1 Peter. Is it a fragment of an early Christian hymn? The musician in me might like to … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Mark 1:14-15

I thought that to complement the Last Words of Jesus, that an interesting devotional or musical exercise would be to meditate on the First Words. In Mark’s Gospel, those words are simple, direct, and challenging: After John had been arrested, … Continue reading

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FBV 40: An All-Gospel Final

Our final. Two Luke passages have emerged, one from the Passion, the other post-Resurrection: Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. (Luke 23:42b) “Were not our hearts burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Sirach 28:1-7

The next several days of the daily Lectionary features a brief sojourn in one of the Bible’s longest books, Sirach. I don’t know why Sirach isn’t mined more often for Lectionary usage. True, it doesn’t always make the transition from the … Continue reading

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FBV 39

Bible verses seven, eight, and nine: line up: The second of two entries from the Psalms: Be still and know that I am God! The second of two entries from Saint Paul: So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but … Continue reading

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FBV 38

Our second match-up of the Numinous Nine features our second consecutive Luke-John pairing. The wild card today is Galatians. Saint Paul has only four poll successes out of twenty so far, so we’ll see if our equality before God has any legs: … Continue reading

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FBV 37

The Numinous Nine are set. Over the next three days, we’ll get a chance to whittle nine Scripture verses into a final Trinity. The pairings include Saturday’s: 1 Cor 13:13/Ps 46:11a/Mt 11:28 and tomorrow’s Jn 1:1/Lk 24:32b/Gal 3:28 Today’s trio … Continue reading

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