Category Archives: Scripture

Another Psalm for Good Friday

The Lectionary gives us the 31st today during the Liturgy of the Word. We sang Psalm 22 this past weekend, as we do every Palm Sunday. A few of you readers may know of my regard for Psalm 69, last … Continue reading

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Judas Days

It’s not just Spy Wednesday, but a whole half-week of Judas dogging the Lord at daily Mass. Yesterday’s complaint on Mary of Bethany netted this commentary from John: He said this not because he cared about the poor but because … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 53:1-12

What a powerful and wrenching option for the Rite of Penance. It certainly keeps our thoughts on the suffering, yet merciful Christ. This reading is proclaimed every Good Friday. I remember a student lector from my days at Michigan State’s … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 22:2-3, 7-9, 18-28

The Palm Sunday Psalm is one of the choices in the Rite of Penance. In the ritual book, it is joined by Isaiah 53,¬†the canticle of 1 Peter¬†(used as a reading) and Mark’s account of the final prediction of the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 32

Saint Augustine identified seven psalms as “penitential.” The 32nd is one of four of those utilized for the Rite of Penance. (Psalms 6, 91, and 102 were not chosen–perhaps possible inclusions for the next edition of the Rite.) Nine years … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 90

Scripture scholars categorize the 90th psalm as a communal lament. Sounds about right for the Rite of Penance. The given antiphon in the rite is: Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy! Do Catholics … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 25

We covered this psalm in our funeral series here. It’s an acrostic meditation, each line begins with a progressive letter in the Hebrew alphabet. These compositions are not usually as tight as others, and the 25th Psalm does tend to … Continue reading

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