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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:17-18, 23-24

Let’s wrap up the 139th Psalm. How precious to me are your designs, O God; how vast the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sands; when I complete them, still you are with me. … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:13-16

When I look at verses 13 through 16, I read of the quality of delight. God continues to take pleasure in his creation, and that includes his beloved human beings: You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:7-12

These middle verses of Psalm 139 explore the question of escape. Where can I go from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee? If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; if I lie down in Sheol, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:1-6

From the earliest days of my spiritual life, Psalm 139 has been a beloved passage. I return to it from time to time, not from a sense of nostalgia, but because the text is so reassuring. I think many believers … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 143:1-11

This is the last of Saint Augustine’s classic seven penitential Psalms. (The others are 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, and 130.) The psalmist speaks of the pursuit of enemies, and perhaps we think of our chief enemy, the devil, in … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 85

Psalm 85 is recommended to follow Malachi 3 and precede Luke 3:1-17 in an Advent Penance liturgy given in Appendix II of the Rite. It is one of the two common psalms for the season of Advent. Even if one uses the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Genesis 3:1-19

Regarding the account of the fall of Adam and Eve, we know it. In the age of reason, we often get bogged down in details. Did it happen just as the inspired writer presents it? Is it just a pagan fable borrowed … Continue reading

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