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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 1:10-18

The prophet Isaiah is known for his gentle passages, perhaps due to the lovely settings found in so much classical music as well as contemporary liturgical compositions. But remember, this is the same guy who had his lips cauterized in … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 5:1-7

Jesus taught in parables, but he wasn’t the only one. Maybe the prophet Isaiah had an actual friend. But that was so long ago, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that God cares, but according to the prophet, he has … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Genesis 4:1-15

I have never heard this passage from the early mythology of Genesis proclaimed and preached at a Reconciliation Liturgy. The tale of Cain and Abel is one of the saddest in the Bible. At least I find it so. In … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Mark 10:32-45

Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Jerusalem–the final hour approaches. He predicts his Passion, and offers great detail. Peter is not the one with foot in mouth in this episode. James and John jockey for top billing … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Mark 2:1-12

The appendix of the Rite of Penance offers a handful of themes to those prepare a liturgy. That preparation might involve a communal service at the Church. But it might well lead to a home celebration. In that instance, the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Mark 12:28-34

The inquiry about the greatest commandment appears in two other Gospels (Matthew 22:34ff and Luke 10:25ff). The former is a suggestion for a Penance liturgy under the theme of “Love is the fullness of the law.” I suppose Mark’s version … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 11:22-12:2

The book of Wisdom can be difficult. At least I have found it so. It is also rich with very lyrical passages. These are well-represented in the Lectionary, notably in the sacrament of Penance and for funerals. As I was … Continue reading

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