Category Archives: Rite of Penance

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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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:7-12

These middle verses of Psalm 139 explore the question of escape. Where can I go from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee? If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; if I lie down in Sheol, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:1-6

From the earliest days of my spiritual life, Psalm 139 has been a beloved passage. I return to it from time to time, not from a sense of nostalgia, but because the text is so reassuring. I think many believers … Continue reading

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