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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)

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time - February 5, 2017
Isaiah 58:7-10  
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Matthew 5:13-16
Showing compassion is like a light shining in the dark.
God's wisdom does not rest on human intelligence.
Salt and light do not exist for their own sake.
Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time - February 12, 2017
Sirach 15:15-20  
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
Matthew 5:17-37
Sin is our fault, not God's.
God's wisdom is given to us through the Spirit.
Jesus restores the spiritual meaning of the Law.
Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time - February 19, 2017
Leviticus 19:1-2,17-18
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Matthew 5:38-48
God invites his people to holiness and love.
Living in humility and harmony gives wisdom.
Jesus calls us to forgiveness and non-violence.
Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time - February 26, 2017
Isaiah 49: 14-15
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Matthew 6: 24-34
God is depicted as Mother.
Paul's loyalty to God.
An exhortation to trust in God’s power.
First Sunday of Lent - March 5, 2017
Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7
Romans 5:12, 17-19
Matthew 4:1-11
The human race rebels against God.
Disobedience of Adam; Obedience of Christ.
Jesus defines his mission through testing.
Second Sunday of Lent - March 12, 2017
Genesis 12:1-4  
2 Timothy 1:8-10
Matthew 17:1-9
God calls Abraham to make of him a blessing.
God calls us in Christ to life everlasting.
The light of divine life shines through Jesus.
Third Sunday of Lent - March 19, 2017
Exodus 17:3-7
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
John 4:5-42
In the desert, Israel thirsted for more than water.
God has loved us to the point of giving the Son's life.
The Woman of Samaria thirsted for eternal life.
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.