Category Archives: Rite of Penance

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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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 22:2-3, 7-9, 18-28

The Palm Sunday Psalm is one of the choices in the Rite of Penance. In the ritual book, it is joined by Isaiah 53, the canticle of 1 Peter (used as a reading) and Mark’s account of the final prediction of the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 32

Saint Augustine identified seven psalms as “penitential.” The 32nd is one of four of those utilized for the Rite of Penance. (Psalms 6, 91, and 102 were not chosen–perhaps possible inclusions for the next edition of the Rite.) Nine years … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 90

Scripture scholars categorize the 90th psalm as a communal lament. Sounds about right for the Rite of Penance. The given antiphon in the rite is: Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy! Do Catholics … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 25

We covered this psalm in our funeral series here. It’s an acrostic meditation, each line begins with a progressive letter in the Hebrew alphabet. These compositions are not usually as tight as others, and the 25th Psalm does tend to … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 6:2b-13

Verses 3-11 are used for the Easter Vigil. As for the funeral Mass pericope, it ends with verse 9. The opening difference is that first line, a question from Saint Paul: How can we who died to sin yet live … Continue reading

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From the Jubilee

Jubilee act of contrition from Psalm 25: Remember your compassion and your mercy, O Lord, for they are ages old. Remember no more the sins of my youth; remember me according to your mercy because of your goodness, Lord. (6-7) … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Hosea 11:1-11

The prophet Hosea is best known for using marriage as a metaphor for the relationship between God and his people. In chapter eleven, though, we read of a parent and child. The imagery is no less intimate: teaching a youngster to … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Hosea 2:16-25

The Book of Hosea lends itself well to this Jubilee of Mercy in which we find ourselves. Few things cause more anguish than an unfaithful spouse. This metaphor winds through the book, and the blend, as the Scripture scholar Carroll … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 95

My Catholic liturgy peeps know that the 95th Psalm is one of the nine common psalms for the Ordinary Time Lectionary for Mass. People familiar with the Liturgy of the Hours pray it daily in the Invitatory. You RCIA geeks will … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:17-18, 23-24

Let’s wrap up the 139th Psalm. How precious to me are your designs, O God; how vast the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sands; when I complete them, still you are with me. … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:13-16

When I look at verses 13 through 16, I read of the quality of delight. God continues to take pleasure in his creation, and that includes his beloved human beings: You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my … Continue reading

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