Category Archives: Scripture

Mercy, Upcoming

Check the readings for this coming Sunday. Do they inspire the quality of mercy, as the second Easter Sunday has been subtitled? Saint Luke reminds us of the early Christian community, “There was no needy person among them.” Is our … Continue reading

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Blessed Easter To All!

Practice for that song in heaven, and be ready when you hear that animator announce: Praise our God, all you his servants,*and all who fear him, small and great.’ (Rev 19:5) Saint John testifies that he experienced “the voice of … Continue reading

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Take the 69th

If we did not have Psalm 22 or 31, what would Christians sing on Good Friday? Perhaps Psalm 69. Is the savior consumed by anger, as is hinted in John 2:13ff, or is he consumed as in spent, emptied, and … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 53:4-6

The longer version of this reading, verses 1 through 12, is given at number 117 in the Rite of Penance, a long middle section of the ritual book with many, many options for readings. You might recognize the passage as … Continue reading

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Schizophrenic Psalm

Psalm 118 is given for Morning Prayer of week 2 in the Divine Office. The contrasts struck me: The nations all encompassed me; in the Lord’s name I crushed them. And: I was hard-pressed and was falling, but the Lord … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: No Secrets, and a Mission

Tomorrow, we get a second pause in a long liturgical season of purple. Nine months before Christmas, we start a countdown to the Nativity, and if your parish is on the ball, you might even get to sing the Gloria. … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Deuteronomy 9:7-19

The ninth chapter of Deuteronomy presents us with a turning-point moment in the history of Israel, and in the whole history of Judeo-Christian faith. Would God have replaced Abraham as the father of a nation, and put Moses in his … Continue reading

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