Category Archives: Scripture

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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Night Prayer Scripture: Wednesday

As of this writing in some places people praying Compline will be anticipating the observance of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) tonight. They will pray the “Saturday night” reading since it is designated for the eve of … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Tuesday

As the first letter of Peter comes to a close, a warning that was real for the people of the ancient Middle East, at least those who wandered out in the wilderness after dark. Lions are mentioned in the Bible … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: John 6:53-58

The pastoral care Lectionary intersects with some of the Gospel reading for this coming Sunday. Or Thursday if you live in special Catholic places that don’t move feasts to the weekend: Jesus said to the people, “Amen, amen, I say … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Monday

On one level the readings assigned to the seven observances of Night Prayer seem to be assigned just for the mention of night or sleep. Don’t be deceived by these little mentions and simple-seeming assignments. There is depth in these … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Sunday

In the outside world, Sunday night is the end of leisure time. The Compline reading looks to a grander end, the completion of all time when the Lord Jesus will complete his Reign and all peoples and nations will be … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Job 19:23-27

Job suffers greatly. From chapter three of his biblical tale, his patience erodes and he rants against God. Three friends watch in horror as he appoints himself to his own defense, railing against God. In turn, each of them try … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Saturday

In the Church’s Liturgy of the Hours, “Saturday” is not technically recognized in the evening or at Night Prayer. If you are a novice to this prayer, you will find tonight’s psalms and such under the heading of “Prayer I … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Friday

In the Church’s Night Prayer, a very brief reading follows the Psalm. Think of it as a reverse of the situation at Mass. In the Hours, Psalms are primary, and readings are “responsorial.” Tonight the verse is from one of … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Thursday

In the Liturgy of the Hours, the Psalms come to the foreground of our prayer. Prose passages from the Bible are more brief, and tend to recede into the background. But that doesn’t mean they are insignificant. Take tonight’s verse … Continue reading

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Fading

One surprise with praying through the Psalms in numerical order is the occasional surprise. The confluence of Psalm 36 with police brutality was welcome. I stayed with that text for a bit longer than usual–a priest friend recommended listening carefully … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Colossians 1:22-29

Saint Paul, or more likely an author in his tradition, follows the citation of an ancient hymn to Christ with this passage: (Christ) has now reconciled in his fleshly body through his death, to present you holy, without blemish, and … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: James 5:13-16

We looked at this reading years ago in the series on the Reconciliation Lectionary. From New Testament times, the Church has urged illness as an opportunity for making things right with God and other persons. Institutionally, the sacraments of Anointing … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Revelation 21:1-7

Here is a reading from near the end of the Bible that can be used near the end of a person’s life. It’s one of many readings in the Pastoral Care Lectionary. While some Christians are absorbed by the last … Continue reading

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