Category Archives: Scripture

Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 15:11-32, Full of Compassion

My wife remarked on the promos for the upcoming tv production, The Story of God. If we want insight about God off the tube, the parables of Luke 15 tell us quite a lot. While he was still a long … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 15:11-32, Coming To One’s Senses

We continue with our brief reflection on the parable of the two sons. In the last post, we left off with a stranger in an alien land. Suddenly, his experience inspires a sense of loss. It seems sudden, and can … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 15:11-32, Journey to an Alien Land

The longest parable of the Lord is cited as much as ever these days by the proponents of mercy. This familiar story is also recommended for use in the Rite of Penance. Does that familiarity damage the power of the … Continue reading

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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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