Category Archives: Scripture

Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 143:1-2, 5-6, 10-11

The 143rd Psalm is the seventh of the “penitential psalms” identified by Christians in antiquity. In Judaism, these and many others were identified as laments. The psalmist offers a complaint to God: enemies, national upheaval, natural disaster, and of course, … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 25:31-40

Sheep and goats. I don’t know what the problem is with goats. Nice animals, and innocent. Like snakes, but there’s a cultural thing about that, eh? This reading below pops up in our Sunday Lectionary every three years, bringing the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 5:1-12

Name a Bible passage recommended for Catholic weddings, funerals, and penance/confession. Stumped? Likely not, my friend, if you are following this post and have read the title. You now know it’s also recommended for people who are sick or dying. … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 1 Corinthians 12:12, 22-27

The Pastoral Care Lectionary offers a long passage from the 12th chapter of 1 Corinthians here. This is where a bit more judgment might have helped this selection. In context of ministry with people who are sick and dying, the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 11:5-13

Care for people who are sick and dying involves prayer. Sometimes the answer is not forthcoming. Sometimes prayer must be persistent: And (Jesus) said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 18:9-14

Sometimes there is a connecting thread between sin and sickness that we can’t avoid. Other times I think it’s over-used. Remember the query to Jesus that opens John 9? Was it the blind man’s sin or that of his parents? … Continue reading

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Psalm 116: Our Blessing Cup

A featured Psalm for the Triduum does not come up often in the Sunday cycle. I suppose it could be done during Communion now and then. My friend Brian does a nice job from this past Holy Thursday’s time of … Continue reading

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Jesus And Religious Leaders

Beginning with this weekend and stretching through the Sundays of the month of October, the Lectionary goes with a different focus in Matthew’s Gospel. After his entry into Jerusalem, Jesus directs his parables to the religious leaders–at least as the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10

The Lectionary for ritual Pastoral Care of the Sick includes a reading that is also included in the Lectionary for the Order of Christian Funerals, with six verses selected from the fifth chapter of St. Paul’s second letter/epistle to the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 10:25-37

Over the centuries, the Good Samaritan parable has been much preached upon and the comments and reflections on it would no doubt fill a library. No doubt, it’s a lovely story of compassion. Christians have long associated Samaritan with “good,” … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Mark 10:46-52

Bartimaeus and Jesus: a familiar story, perhaps. It contains a vital narrative beyond the act of Jesus restoring sight. Christians today, and perhaps especially Catholics, are coming to terms with the demands of discipleship. I would see this passage from … Continue reading

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A Psalm For Racial Justice

Some Christians have been uneasy about some Bible passages, and even a select psalm or two has been known to get carefully tucked away, out of sight, out of mind. Maybe this is a good cry for justice; what do … Continue reading

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That’s 16:18

A need for Biblical literacy, or just a double typo? There is a need to pay more attention to both how we present Scripture and how we handle social media.

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 86

It shouldn’t be a surprise that most of the psalms chosen for the Pastoral Care Lectionary fall in the genre of lament. The 86th is a lovely work. It makes a weekly appearance in Compline on Monday night. In my … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

The early Church at Corinth was much loved by Saint Paul. That much is obvious. If it weren’t true, he wouldn’t have spent so much anguish on the people there. One of the Corinthian problems seems to have been resurrection … Continue reading

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