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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 95

My Catholic liturgy peeps know that the 95th Psalm is one of the nine common psalms for the Ordinary Time Lectionary for Mass. People familiar with the Liturgy of the Hours pray it daily in the Invitatory. You RCIA geeks will … Continue reading

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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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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 3:1-17

In Advent this year, the Sunday Lectionary for cycle C breaks up this long narrative between the second and third Sundays. Would a parish revisit this reading for a seasonal penance service? It wouldn’t be my choice, unless a preacher somehow … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 27: 1, 4, 7-10, 13-14

If there is an “unsung” psalm in the Bible, it might be the 27th. It is one of the common psalms for ordinary time. It appears in the Sunday Lectionary three times in the three-year cycle–once in Easter, once in … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 146:5-10

This psalm, with the Penance refrain, “Lord, come and save us” is utilized for the third Sunday of Advent, cycle A. Most of these verses, 5-10, also appear four other times in the Sunday Lectionary over three years. A mid-December Sunday should … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 7:36-50

The Lord asks, “Do you see this woman?” Is he speaking only to Simon the Pharisee? Or to us as well? In considering Luke 7:36-50, may we ask if this is an illustration of a sinner who comes to Jesus … 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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