Category Archives: Scripture

Ruth For The Present Day

Before I began my research on the book of Ruth for my parish’s Bible Study, I was well aware of the title character’s status as an immigrant. My completed musical draws on relevant passages from the Torah to underscore the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 61:1-3

In the Gospels, Jesus’ first liturgical role was a reader at a synagogue service (Luke 4:18-19). He cited this passage in Isaiah: The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; He has sent … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Corresponding with my friend John Donaghy, deacon and missionary, he shared the readings he selected for his funeral. The passage from the second Corinthian letter isn’t in the funeral lectionary, but I think it’s a good inclusion. I asked John … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 2 Timothy 1:9-10

I had another recent funeral in which the family went off the page (but stayed in the Book) to find a reading that they felt was suitable for a father’s funeral. Some Catholic clergy and liturgists get the yips on … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 16: 1-2, 7-11

I had an experience with the funeral of a choir spouse recently. The family requested Psalm 16, and specifically Scott Soper’s fine setting. OCP’s editors place it in their annual missal in the Psalter. The antiphon is a bit long … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 8:14-17

We think of Jesus as teacher. Perhaps prophet. But healing people was the hallmark of his earthly ministry. He is no longer with us as he was with the people of first century Palestine, but the episodes of healing those … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 12:35-44

Care for dying persons remains a part of Christian charity, as it has been from the time of Jesus. Here is one reading we heard at the core of this past weekend’s gospel passage. At it’s root, Jesus is speaking … Continue reading

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