Category Archives: Scripture

A Song of Hope

My wife was listening to this song the other night. It’s a fine setting of a beloved Bible passage apt for the Jubilee: For I know well the plans I have in mind for you … plans for your welfare … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Genesis 3:1-19

Regarding the account of the fall of Adam and Eve, we know it. In the age of reason, we often get bogged down in details. Did it happen just as the inspired writer presents it? Is it just a pagan fable borrowed … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 3:1-17

In Advent this year, the Sunday Lectionary for cycle C breaks up this long narrative between the second and third Sundays. Would a parish revisit this reading for a seasonal penance service? It wouldn’t be my choice, unless a preacher somehow … Continue reading

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Gambit’s Advent Pageant

This past Tuesday’s first reading included verse 7c from Isaiah 11: … the lion shall eat hay like the ox. Or was it, “The cat shall eat hay like the guinea pig”?

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 27: 1, 4, 7-10, 13-14

If there is an “unsung” psalm in the Bible, it might be the 27th. It is one of the common psalms for ordinary time. It appears in the Sunday Lectionary three times in the three-year cycle–once in Easter, once in … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 146:5-10

This psalm, with the Penance refrain, “Lord, come and save us” is utilized for the third Sunday of Advent, cycle A. Most of these verses, 5-10, also appear four other times in the Sunday Lectionary over three years. A mid-December Sunday should … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 7:36-50

The Lord asks, “Do you see this woman?” Is he speaking only to Simon the Pharisee? Or to us as well? In considering Luke 7:36-50, may we ask if this is an illustration of a sinner who comes to Jesus … Continue reading

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