Updated 2021 Bible lectionary bookmarks

Updated 2021 lectionary bookmarks

Oops. The lectionary bookmarks I have up on this site had the wrong verses for the Catholic readings. This is now corrected, the updated bookmarks are available.

What happened:

In the past I used catholic-resources.org for the Catholic list of lectionary verses. The verses from this site are accurate. But this site makes it very challenging to convert their list into a spreadsheet form.

For this church year (2020-2021), I used a different source for the Catholic verses, from from vanderbilt.edu. I think a Catholic website linked to their listings. I was super happy to have a source that made it easier to copy the schedule into a spreadsheet. On January 1, 2021, I posted the PDF with the Vanderbilt verses.

My wife, kids, and I watch/participate/attend the Sunday Catholic service at home via YouTube every Sunday. The past two Sundays the readings in church were different from my bookmarks.

For instance, here’s how yesterday’s readings were different from my bookmarks:

Vanderbilt (my old bookmarks)Reading in church
1st reading1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20)1 Sam 3:3b-10, 19
PsalmPsalm 139:1-6, 13-18Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10
2nd reading1 Corinthians 6:12-201 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20
GospelJohn 1:43-51John 1:35-42

Every reading was different. I was so thrown off with every reading. Starting with 1 Samuel, the reading started in a different spot. The Psalm was a completely different chapter. 1 Corinthians was close, but trimmed out verses. John was a different reading from the same chapter.

The different reading in John was curious. The Lutheran church uses John 1:43-51, when Phillip and Nathanael were called by Jesus. Whereas the Catholic church uses John 1:35-42 when Peter and Andrew were called. I’m assuming the Catholic church wants to focus on Peter, since he’s considered the first pope.

Since Vanderbilt is technically a secular school, I should have known better than to use their reading schedule.

Having my bookmarks incorrect really threw me off during church. When you study a particular set of verses all week, and then you hear something different in church, it’s quite jarring. I hope nobody else has to go through this, so I updated the bookmarks.

» Download Lectionary Bookmarks for 2020-2021 for LCMS and Roman Catholic (PDF file updated)

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