Category Archives: Scripture

Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 15:1-3

The Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament was mined well by the framers of the Lectionary for the Rite of Penance. Bit they may have missed a few good readings. This passage from the book of Wisdom has been in … Continue reading

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Tough Reading For Elder Siblings

In the era of Pope Francis, this bit from today’s first reading hits hard: The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal, but the sleek … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 15:1-10

The fifteenth chapter of the Gospel of Luke is a surprisingly troublesome one for believers. Even before we get to the parable of the lost and faithful sons (which is another popular reading for Reconciliation). Jesus seemed to have been … Continue reading

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Armor

I had meant to post the written transcript of what I preached the other Thursday night at the student Mass, but clearly, I didn’t get around to it. When I was a boy I loved insects. The praying mantis was … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Sirach 6:14-17

Among many pastoral ministers, the entry of the eulogy into the funeral Mass is cause for much hand-wringing. The liturgy should focus on Christ. And the mercy and grace of God. The funeral isn’t a time to applaud a life … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Isaiah 65:17-19

My parish’s bereavement team hosts an annual liturgy and dinner for people who are mourning the loss of a loved one or friend. One of the readings they use strikes me as appropriate for a funeral. This is not one of … Continue reading

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Mercy and What? Envy?

Father Dwight Longenecker is a staple at Patheos and here and there on the right-leaning internet. I noticed today that Crux reprinted his essay from Crisis earlier this week. When I visit his site occasionally, Fr Longenecker strikes me as … Continue reading

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