I’ve just installed the Scripturizer plugin by Dean Peters et al. I’ve long wanted to include links to the scripture texts that give the liturgical context for my homilies but been daunted by all the fiddling involved. Scripturizer lets me just insert the scripture references and takes care of the linkage. I’ve tried it out on the last few homiles already posted and it seem to work fine.
There are two slight hitches though. My ideal plugin would be able to go one (big) step further and guess from the post title (and a detailed knowledge of Roman Catholic liturgical calendars!) what the scripture of the day might be. Unfortunately that’s a step too far so I’ll not be editing all my past homilies to include scripture references. I still have the vestiges of a life!
The second hitch is one of translation. The older homilies preached in the US should link to the New American Bible, the newer UK ones to the Jerusalen Bible. Neither is available using this plugin. I could fiddle to get the NAB working since the US Bishops have an online version but the Jerusalem Bible remains safely locked out of cyberspace as far as I can tell. In the meantime I’ve set Scripturizer to use the New Revised Satndard Version. The NRSV is probably the most ‘accurate’ translation but it diverges widely in rhetorical tone from the both NAB and JB.