Category Archives: Scripture

Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 59:1-4, 9-15

At number 120 in the Rite of Penance, the prophet Isaiah offers up a two-part reading. First, sizzling condemnation of a bleak system of injustice. And second, a powerful examination of conscience in the consolation portion of the book of Isaiah. The message … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Communicating With Lectors

This weekend’s feast gives a choice of readings. The 1998 Lectionary added options for years B and C. We’re in the former of those cycles, but the A readings are still a possibility. (Check the USCCB site for them.) This … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 50:7-8, 14-23

If you like passages that speak of justice, or right behavior, of orthopraxis, if you will, bookmark the 50th Psalm. The full psalm has a useful context: verses 1-6 recount God’s appearance on Mount Zion, a renewal of the Covenant … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 130

One of the more recognized psalms, the 130th is fairly well-known by the first two words in the Latin: De Profoundis. Out of the depths. We covered this piece in the series on funerals here. I asked Liam to write … Continue reading

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Christmas Vindication, Sorrow, and a Symphony

Not many parishes adopt the Christmas Vigil readings these days. Perhaps that long genealogy is considered child-unfriendly material. The annunciation to Joseph, wonderful as that optional shorter portion may be, seems out of place. Get on with the baby Jesus … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 15:1-3

The Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament was mined well by the framers of the Lectionary for the Rite of Penance. Bit they may have missed a few good readings. This passage from the book of Wisdom has been in … Continue reading

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Tough Reading For Elder Siblings

In the era of Pope Francis, this bit from today’s first reading hits hard: The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal, but the sleek … Continue reading

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