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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 58:1-11

We associate the prophet Isaiah with Advent, and with just cause. The fifty-eighth chapter of the book is rather a blast of reality-check in the middle of an otherwise-comforting section (chapters 40 through 66). The prophet begins not with a confession, but … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Genesis 45:1-8

Our associate pastor suggested an Old Testament reading outside of the Reconciliation Lectionary for the parish’s Lenten Communal Penance this year. I thought I’d include it in our series and invite your comments. I confess thinking of Donny Osmond at … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Nehemiah 9:1-20, A Psalm of Memory

We pick up on the long passage in #110 of the Rite of Penance. In yesterday’s post, we looked at the role of memory in reconciliation. We also viewed an introduction of ritual and liturgy into the Israelites’ of return … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Nehemiah 9:1-20, Confession

Reconciliation involves remembering. Remembering is a human activity, and helps us recall the good and the bad. We take stock of where we stand and we look to the future. We emphasize the good things, because we want to repeat … 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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Pope Francis on Sacraments

Great stuff from Friday. On Penance: There is no sin which He won’t pardon. He forgives everything.  ‘But father, I don’t go to confession because I have committed so many really bad sins, so many that I can’t be pardoned.’  … 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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