Category Archives: Scripture

Mandate

My one great sadness for today: we do not wash each other’s feet at Mass. We’ve fussed and fought about women and non-Catholics. We assume people won’t want to take off their socks and shoes. We use the Pilate gesture … Continue reading

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Setting Philippians 3

If your community proclaimed the year C readings this past weekend, you enjoyed a Pauline gem from his letter to the Philippians. The Roman Lectionary assigns verses 8 through 14 to follow Psalm 126. Most Bible publishers set it as … Continue reading

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Book Challenge Questions

Who would place the Bible in their list of Ten Favorite, Formative, or Otherwise Books? I thought about it. I thought harder about individual books of the Bible. The Jewish/Christian combination is really more of a library than a book. … Continue reading

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Whole-Hearted Lent

The prophet Joel’s clarion call to repentance: Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart … After the opening prayer this morning, I mouthed to my wife from the music area, “Here we go!” What does … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Hosea 2:21-26

In the new Order of Christian Matrimony, the Church has added an official ritual for Blessing an Engaged Couple. (OCM 218-236) It includes prayers, readings, and of course, a blessing. One of the suggested readings does not appear in the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 38

In his day, Hezekiah was a household name in Judah. Indeed, those familiar with the Bible will recognize him as one of the more godly rulers, and Matthew cites his name when giving us the genealogy of Joseph. Toward the … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Philippians 2:1-5

In the new Order of Christian Matrimony, the Church has added an official ritual for Blessing an Engaged Couple. (OCM 218-236) Thoughtful pastoral ministers here and there have been doing this for some years. Would that it were more universally … Continue reading

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