Category Archives: Scripture

Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 23:1-3, 4, 5, 6

One of the most-loved passages in all of the world’s sacred Scriptures. The funeral lectionary version, given below, is significantly different from the RNAB version on which it is based. An expert on the inner workings on translations and preparation … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 106: 6-10, 13-14, 19-22

The 106th Psalm is obscure, to say the least. No appearances on Sundays or feasts. Only a few times to sing it on ordinary weekdays. Nothing in the Liturgy of the Hours, 1970’s edition. One even has to traverse the whole … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 119:1, 10-13, 15-16

The massive 119th Psalm, a poetic treatise on the Law–perhaps even a love song to it–offers up verse one as an antiphon: Happy are they who follow the law of the Lord. … and six select verses from the Beth section arranged … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 25:31-46

“What must we do?” Think about the possible verb substitutions for must: could, should, would. When the Lord addressed his disciples he didn’t use auxiliary verbs. He related a future–not quite a parable. Call it science fiction, or whatever, but recognize … Continue reading

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Sunday Pope Preach

Michael Peppard is convinced that Pope Francis is going to go James 5 on Americans this Sunday. Me? I’m not so sure. There’s a front porch message in the Gospel: “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ezekiel 18:20-32: Not Fair

In the previous post on this passage, we looked at verses 20 through 24. Ezekiel laid the groundwork for the more well-known portion of this passage, emphasizing what a believer does in her or his final reckoning of life. That … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ezekiel 18:20-32: Personal Responsibility

As children, how often have we cried, “That’s not fair!” when we perceived a sibling or peer was getting better treatment that we were? Liturgy geeks may see something familiar from last Fall; verses 25-28 are used in Fall Ordinary … Continue reading

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