Category Archives: Rite of Penance

Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 25:31-46

“What must we do?” Think about the possible verb substitutions for must: could, should, would. When the Lord addressed his disciples he didn’t use auxiliary verbs. He related a future–not quite a parable. Call it science fiction, or whatever, but recognize … Continue reading

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Future Forms For Penance

My disappointment with the Rite of Penance is not entirely based on the early plug pulled on form III back in the early 80’s. But I am convinced it was imprudent of St John Paul. I’m also under no delusion that a … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ezekiel 18:20-32: Not Fair

In the previous post on this passage, we looked at verses 20 through 24. Ezekiel laid the groundwork for the more well-known portion of this passage, emphasizing what a believer does in her or his final reckoning of life. That … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ezekiel 18:20-32: Personal Responsibility

As children, how often have we cried, “That’s not fair!” when we perceived a sibling or peer was getting better treatment that we were? Liturgy geeks may see something familiar from last Fall; verses 25-28 are used in Fall Ordinary … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Deuteronomy 5:1-3, 6-7, 11-12, 16-21a, 6:4-6

One option for proclamation and preaching the Rite of Penance is the Ten Commandments. Defended by many, and known in detail, perhaps, by far fewer. This is the version in the last book of the Pentateuch, and it begins (seems to … Continue reading

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What Pope Francis Intends On Abortion Forgiveness

Lots of commentary today to overshadow the observance of the day for the care of all creation, not the least of which is Pope Francis’s announcement on forgiving abortion. Where John Allen sees a “double-play,” and Ed Peters is “less … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 73

Saint Augustine did not number the 73rd among his seven penitential psalms.* But if he had, it wouldn’t have been a poor choice. If you were using this psalm in a reconciliation liturgy, he given antiphon for this psalm is … Continue reading

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