Category Archives: Rite of Penance

Reconciliation Lectionary: Genesis 3:1-19

Regarding the account of the fall of Adam and Eve, we know it. In the age of reason, we often get bogged down in details. Did it happen just as the inspired writer presents it? Is it just a pagan fable borrowed … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 3:1-17

In Advent this year, the Sunday Lectionary for cycle C breaks up this long narrative between the second and third Sundays. Would a parish revisit this reading for a seasonal penance service? It wouldn’t be my choice, unless a preacher somehow … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 27: 1, 4, 7-10, 13-14

If there is an “unsung” psalm in the Bible, it might be the 27th. It is one of the common psalms for ordinary time. It appears in the Sunday Lectionary three times in the three-year cycle–once in Easter, once in … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 146:5-10

This psalm, with the Penance refrain, “Lord, come and save us” is utilized for the third Sunday of Advent, cycle A. Most of these verses, 5-10, also appear four other times in the Sunday Lectionary over three years. A mid-December Sunday should … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 7:36-50

The Lord asks, “Do you see this woman?” Is he speaking only to Simon the Pharisee? Or to us as well? In considering Luke 7:36-50, may we ask if this is an illustration of a sinner who comes to Jesus … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 106: 6-10, 13-14, 19-22

The 106th Psalm is obscure, to say the least. No appearances on Sundays or feasts. Only a few times to sing it on ordinary weekdays. Nothing in the Liturgy of the Hours, 1970’s edition. One even has to traverse the whole … Continue reading

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Scheduling Confessions

In my new parish, ninety minutes of time with the confessor are offered Saturdays. Then there is an hour of time between the end of individual confessions and the start of Mass. That gap works for a priest who is … Continue reading

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