Category Archives: Rites

Reconciliation Lectionary: Micah 6:7-15

Continuing from the first part of Micah, chapter six, we come to the conclusion offered by the prophet on the question of what should we do to be just, in the right, or “good” in God’s eyes. Earlier the prophet … Continue reading

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On Tributes and Eulogies

My wife says the best EWTN programming is broadcast in the wee hours. She leans to saints and spirituality. She finds a lot of rich material there. Our cable provider doesn’t include EWTN in its package, at least on the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 15:11-32, The Older Son

The final scene of Luke 15 gets a lot of mileage these days. I’m not sure it can be overstated. Jesus is clearly poking at Pharisees and scribes for whom this story was created in the first place. Like he … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 15:11-32, Full of Compassion

My wife remarked on the promos for the upcoming tv production, The Story of God. If we want insight about God off the tube, the parables of Luke 15 tell us quite a lot. While he was still a long … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 15:11-32, Coming To One’s Senses

We continue with our brief reflection on the parable of the two sons. In the last post, we left off with a stranger in an alien land. Suddenly, his experience inspires a sense of loss. It seems sudden, and can … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 15:11-32, Journey to an Alien Land

The longest parable of the Lord is cited as much as ever these days by the proponents of mercy. This familiar story is also recommended for use in the Rite of Penance. Does that familiarity damage the power of the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 53:1-12

What a powerful and wrenching option for the Rite of Penance. It certainly keeps our thoughts on the suffering, yet merciful Christ. This reading is proclaimed every Good Friday. I remember a student lector from my days at Michigan State’s … Continue reading

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