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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 (1932-2017).

(Click on the date to read the reflection)

First Sunday of Advent - December 3, 2017
Isaiah 63:16-17; 64:1-8
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37
A Call Upon God to Come Down Again to Save.
We Are Gifted By Christ As We Await His Coming.
We Need To Be Alert To The Coming Of The Lord.
Second Sunday of Advent - December 10, 2017
Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11
2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1:1-8
God comes with power and gentleness.
We live godly lives and hasten the day of God's coming.
John comes as God's messenger. Another comes with fire!
Third Sunday of Advent - December 17, 2017
Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11  
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24  
John 1:6-8, 19-28
God's year of favor is here. All nations will come.
Believers must be faithful.
The Baptist brings light into the darkness.
Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 24, 2017
2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-11,16
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38
God will build an eternal kingdom for David.
What was a mystery for ages is now revealed.
The Word of God comes to Mary.
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord - December 25, 2017
Isaiah: 52:7-12    
Hebrews 1:1-6
John 1:1-18
Sing for joy. There is good news coming!
Now God speaks to the people through the Son.
The Word of God is one with us, living in our midst.
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph - December 31, 2017
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
Colossians 3:12-21
Luke 2:22-40
Respect for God requires that we honor our parents.
Christian life asks that we respect one another.
Child Jesus grew to maturity and wisdom.