Category Archives: Scripture

Night Prayer Scripture: Friday

In the Church’s Night Prayer, a very brief reading follows the Psalm. Think of it as a reverse of the situation at Mass. In the Hours, Psalms are primary, and readings are “responsorial.” Tonight the verse is from one of … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Thursday

In the Liturgy of the Hours, the Psalms come to the foreground of our prayer. Prose passages from the Bible are more brief, and tend to recede into the background. But that doesn’t mean they are insignificant. Take tonight’s verse … Continue reading

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Fading

One surprise with praying through the Psalms in numerical order is the occasional surprise. The confluence of Psalm 36 with police brutality was welcome. I stayed with that text for a bit longer than usual–a priest friend recommended listening carefully … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Colossians 1:22-29

Saint Paul, or more likely an author in his tradition, follows the citation of an ancient hymn to Christ with this passage: (Christ) has now reconciled in his fleshly body through his death, to present you holy, without blemish, and … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: James 5:13-16

We looked at this reading years ago in the series on the Reconciliation Lectionary. From New Testament times, the Church has urged illness as an opportunity for making things right with God and other persons. Institutionally, the sacraments of Anointing … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Revelation 21:1-7

Here is a reading from near the end of the Bible that can be used near the end of a person’s life. It’s one of many readings in the Pastoral Care Lectionary. While some Christians are absorbed by the last … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Mark 16:15-20

I found the ending of the Gospel of Mark to be a curious addition to the Lectionary for the Pastoral Care of the Sick. Sure, it offers a promise that Christian disciples “will lay hands on the sick, and they … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: John 10:11-18

Yesterday was “Good Shepherd Sunday,” but it wasn’t until today’s Lectionary that Jesus identifies as such. Yesterday, the fourth Sunday of Easter in cycle A, Jesus tells us he is the Gate. The way in. The way out. And the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 80

The CDWDS has approved a “Mass in Time of Pandemic.” Possible readings include a Mass “in any need.” (Cf. Lectionary for Mass, vol. IV, nos. 938-942) There are also special readings, and here is one of two possible Psalms. The … Continue reading

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Mysteries In A Time Of Peril

Aside from a sampling of Gospel events, one commonality that strikes me is the theme of accompaniment. We need not be alone in our trials. Jesus is present with us. We also have companions who bring him along to our … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 24:13-35 part 3

Most often, Jesus’ encounter with the disciples on the road to Emmaus is seen as a metaphor for the Eucharistic celebration. The Old Testament Scriptures are unpacked and broken open for the disciples. But they point to the Lord and … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 24:13-35 part 2

In our long examination of Bible readings for the care for people who are sick and dying, we continue with the account of Jesus and the disciples on the road to Emmaus. You’ll recall in the last post, two believers … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 24:13-35 part 1

A possible Scripture reading for people who are sick and dying is the account of the Lord’s accompaniment of the two disciples on the way to Emmaus on Easter afternoon. So rich and deep, it is difficult enough to digest … Continue reading

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The Daily Christian: Liturgy Of The Word At Home

I’m not a stickler for canon law, but I saw this citation in social media: If participation in the Eucharistic celebration becomes impossible because of the absence of a sacred minister or for another grave cause, it is strongly recommended … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 1 John 3:1-2

In the Church’s Lectionary some readings appear with frequency. Would you believe one is used at Penance, funerals, and baptisms, as well as Pastoral Care of the Sick? Here it is: See what love the Father has bestowed on us … Continue reading

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