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Reconciliation Lectionary: John 15:9-14

Toward the end of the long section in the Rite of Penance (RP 101-201) there is a reading which shares most of the verses with two suggested for weddings. It is from Jesus’ farewell supper with his disciples. What does a … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: John 19:13-37

The suffering and death of Jesus from the Passion of Saint John’s Gospel is a single offering in the Reconciliation Lectionary. Let’s read: When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus out and seated him on the judge’s bench in … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 26:69-75

It is a timely reading for Holy Week, and we hear Peter’s denial every year at this time. Sometimes twice. Would we add a third time at a Communal Penance liturgy, or in form I with an individual penitent? As … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 22:31-34

Appendix two of the Rite of Penance provides a number of sample liturgies. Under theme of “sin and conversion” three possible Gospel readings are given. One takes us to the conversation between the chief of the apostles and the Lord: … Continue reading

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That Kneeling Pope

Rocco wrote, “(N)o Pope has ever been seen as a penitent.” That never occurred to me when blogging about it last week. Perhaps I’ve become accustomed to seeing priests confess to one another in form II. Perhaps I’ve become accustomed … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Exodus 17:1-7

This weekend’s first reading is a classic of the Lenten Scriptures. It is one of the few readings cited for being the inspiration for a Psalm. (The 95th–which we will also sing this weekend.) The bracketed portion is the extended … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Jeremiah 7:21-26

Jeremiah contributes two readings to the Reconciliation Lectionary. This passage below is an excerpt from the Temple Sermon of the prophet, and bears a stylistic similarity to the book of Deuteronomy. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

The Rite of Penance gives a lengthy second appendix containing six sample penitential services. These are given primarily for use with forms II (reconciling several penitents with individual confession and absolution) and III (general confession and absolution). The first two … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ezekiel 11:14-21

The prophet Ezekiel is not one of the most hopeful figures of the Old Testament. This following passage is a bit out of character for the rough-edged seer who dealt in dry bones and water gushing from the temple and … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Joel 2:12-19

The classic opener on Ash Wednesday, the first Scripture that invites us deeply into Lent. Are we ready for it? We hear it every year. Has it become too familiar? I’m not sure it works well in a communal reconciliation, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 1:12-16

Let’s wrap up our three-part look at Wisdom 1:1-16, a rather long Lectionary passage in the Rite of Penance (#111). When I was reflecting on this passage earlier this week, it struck me as a possibly good choice for a … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 1:6-11

Let’s continue our look at the first chapter of the book of Wisdom as a Reconciliation reading. You readers know I’m not a fan of a long reading for its own sake. Short and to the point is most often best. For … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 1:1-5

The opening chapter (verses 1-16) of the Book of Wisdom is one of the longest Scripture passages to be found in the Rite of Penance (RP111). These words are as rich as they are lengthy and outside of a deep … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 5:38-47

The classic passage on non-violence. My pastor preached again this weekend. He didn’t mince words. Non-violence (not passive acquiescence!) is not a suggestion: “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 5:33-37

The end of last Sunday’s Gospel was the main focus of my pastor’s homily. The idea of talking plainly, of letting one’s yes mean yes. And getting off our indecisiveness and keeping-options-open and making a commitment when we are called … Continue reading

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