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Category Archives: Liturgical year
Winter Solstice: Already and Not Yet
A lectionary reflection for the 21st day of December, in the 4th week of Advent The first reading for today is from the Song of Songs (Sg 2:8-14). It contains a passage that must have been set to music that … Continue reading
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Longing for Ordinary Time
I know, I know: “ordinary time” comes from the Latin ordinal, meaning counting time. The liturgical season of ordinary time doesn’t really have to do with ordinariness. But here we are. 10 days since the violence at the Capitol. 10 … Continue reading
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Palm Sunday. Good Friday. Holy Saturday. Easter Sunday. This year, because most Christians in the US were not able to go to church on Palm Sunday, many of us “cut branches,” as it says in scripture, and put them on … Continue reading
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Good Friday Moments
During the Passion reading, this verse rang loudly against too much of the news these days: “If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” – John 18:30 And the saddest thing I’ve ever … Continue reading
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We Are All in the Garden
On Holy Thursday, after the procession, after we sing the Tantum Ergo, gathered around the altar of repose, I usually meditate on being in the garden with Jesus, keeping watch and praying as his friends didn’t, because they couldn’t stay … Continue reading
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Do you understand what I have done for you?
“What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” Jesus had gone on to explain that he was giving them an example, and that they should wash one another’s feet, so they had almost forgotten … Continue reading
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Today, Christ is born! Today, Salvation appears! Today, on earth, angels sing, archangels rejoice, the just exult, saying: Glory to God in the Highest, Alleluia!
Advent, Day 9: How can God bear to look at us.
Word: God(Damn)It* Verse: Isaiah 23:5 Note that Isaiah 23 is not included in the Catholic Sunday lectionary. Since Catholics mostly hear the bible at mass, most of us don’t know this text. *I said I’d put profanity behind the jump, … Continue reading
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Advent, Day 7: Questions, Questions, Questions
You know that thing where you read a story from scripture and ask yourself, who in this story do I identify with? I did that thing. This is what happened. Word and verse below the jump.
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Advent, Day Five: She Who Is
Word: Bloody Verse: Isaiah 4:5 What if we read the LORD in Isaiah 4:2-6 through a womanly metaphor? as She Who Is, the one who writhed in labor to birth creation? On that day, The branch of She Who Is … Continue reading
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