Category Archives: Scripture

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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Lenten Reflection: God’s Voice

Eavesdropping on a divine conversation in Sunday’s gospel reading: Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder; but others said, “An angel has … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: 2 Samuel 12:1-9, 13

The prophet Nathan is a valuable advisor to his king. He offers a devastating parable to David, and we all know the story, right? The LORD sent Nathan to David, and when he came to him, he said: “Tell me how … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Jeremiah 2:1-13

Through the prophet, God offers a memory of love and tenderness. If we think about that groom and bridge imagery, those forty years in the desert were, literally, a hell of a honeymoon. I heard it preached once that maybe … Continue reading

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