Category Archives: Scripture

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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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 58:1-11

We associate the prophet Isaiah with Advent, and with just cause. The fifty-eighth chapter of the book is rather a blast of reality-check in the middle of an otherwise-comforting section (chapters 40 through 66). The prophet begins not with a confession, but … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Praying One Word At A Time

A retired priest in my city has been in failing health for several months. I knew Father Patrick Geary almost twenty years ago when he was one of the archdiocese’s senior pastors in another city where we served in adjacent … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Genesis 45:1-8

Our associate pastor suggested an Old Testament reading outside of the Reconciliation Lectionary for the parish’s Lenten Communal Penance this year. I thought I’d include it in our series and invite your comments. I confess thinking of Donny Osmond at … Continue reading

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