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Echoing God’s Word

Echoing God's Word in the Catholic Faith Community

Reflections on Readings from the Lectionary by Rev. Clement D. Thibodeau.

(Click on the date to read the reflection)

Fourth Sunday of Lent - March 26, 2017
1 Samuel 16:6-7, 10-13
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41
The Lord chose David to be a king pure of heart.
Christ calls us to be holy and to love tenderly.
The touch of Christ brings light to one living in darkness.
Fifth Sunday of Lent - April 2, 2017
Ezekiel 37:12-14
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45
God will restore Israel to life and to land.
The Spirit in us grants resurrection already.
Jesus gives new life to Lazarus who had died.
Palm Sunday - April 9, 2017
Matthew 21:1-11    
Isaiah 50:4-7
Philippians 2:6-11
Matthew 26:14 - 27:66   
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
The Servant does not avoid humiliation and torture.
Jesus is humble and obedient and is raised up.
The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.
Easter Sunday and Triduum - April 16, 2017
John 20:1-9  
Acts 10:34, 37-43 
Colossians 3:1-45
We know him because we have experienced him. 
We share in the resurrection; let us live worthily.
The disciples testify that the tomb is empty. 
Second Sunday of Easter - April 23, 2017
Acts 2:42-47
1 Peter 1:3-9 
John 20:19-31
The early Church experiences itself in the joy of Easter.
The gift of faith surpasses all the splendor of gold.
With Thomas we come to faith in the Risen Lord.
Third Sunday of Easter - April 30, 2017
Acts 2:14, 22-28  
1 Peter 1:17-21
Luke 24:13-35
God has raised Jesus to life. 
We need to live up to what we have been given. 
At a meal, the Risen Lord is revealed. 
Fourth Sunday of Easter - May 7, 2017
Acts 2:14, 36-41
1 Peter 2:20-25
John 10:1-10
In order to receive the Spirit, reform and be baptized!
Christ gathered our sins and brought them to the Cross.
Christ is the Divine Shepherd of Israel.
Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 14, 2017
Acts 6:1-7
1 Peter 2:4-9
John 14:1-12
Deacons are chosen for the ministry of service.
Christ is the cornerstone on which we rest.  
"I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”
Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 21, 2017
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
1 Peter 3:15-18
John 14:15-21
Samaritans too receive the Holy Spirit.
Our faith and hope are in Christ.
To love God is to obey God.
Seventh Sunday of Easter - May 28, 2017
Acts 1:12-14
1 Peter 4:13-16    
John 17:1-11
The Church awaits the coming of the Spirit.
We suffer with or without Christ.
Christ is glorified in the faith of the disciples.
Solemnity of Pentecost - June 4, 2017
Acts 2:1-11
1 Corinthians 12:3-13
John 20:19-23
The community is filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit gives Christ a new Body.
Jesus comes to those who fear, bringing peace.
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity - June 11, 2017
Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
John 3:16-18
Moses prays that God will remain with him.
Live together in harmony and peace.
We will be saved by believing in Jesus Christ.
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ - June 18, 2017
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
John 6:51-59
The Lord feeds his people with manna.
We are made one with God and with one another.
Eat and drink for everlasting life.