Category Archives: Scripture

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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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 22:54-62

Were it not for the grace of reconciliation, Peter would have shared some of the tragedy of Judas in Christian tradition. So soon after he acclaims, “You are the Christ,” he states, “I do not know him.” He insists, “I … Continue reading

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