Category Archives: Scripture

Joel Anticipates Max

When I heard this line from the first reading this morning, I immediately thought of our friend Atheist Max: Spare your people, LORD! do not let your heritage become a disgrace, a byword among the nations! Why should they say among … Continue reading

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Liturgy for New Cardinals

The worship aid Rocco whispered had some interesting choices. Tu Es Petrus rendered by the choir–not the assembly. Are the singers reminding the red hats that Francis is pope, and they are not? Just one reading, but not a Gospel … Continue reading

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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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