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Echoing God's Word - Advent Reflections

Reflections on the readings from the Lectionary by Rev. Clement D. Thibodeau (1932-2017)

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First Sunday of Advent - November 28, 2021
Jeremiah 33:14-16 
1 Thessalonians 3:12 -4:2 
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10,14 
The Lord will send a new David to bring peace and justice.
God prepares our hearts so we may prepare our lives.
The “great day” is coming; we need to be watchful.
We wait for the day of the Lord.
Second Sunday of Advent - December 5, 2021
Baruch 5:1-9 
Philippians 1:4-6,8-11 
Luke 3:1-6 
Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6 
God’s people return to Jerusalem amid great glory. 
Paul prays that the Church may show itself blameless.
In John the Baptist, God introduces salvation for all.
God’s people return from captivity in festive joy.
Third Sunday of Advent - December 12, 2021
Zephaniah: 3:14-18 
Philippians: 4:4-7 
Luke: 3:10-18 
Response: Isaiah 12:2-6
The Lord is still among the people.
Paul is filled with joy because the Lord is near.
The Baptist urges people to live rightly for the Lord is near.
“Sing praise! The Great One is among you!
Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 19, 2021
Micah 5:14 
Hebrews 10:5-10 
Luke 1:39-45 
Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19 
A new “King David” will come from Bethlehem.
Christ came as one of us to make us one with God.
Mary hears God’s will for her and accepts it.
Shepherd of Israel, come to shepherd your people.
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord - December 25, 2021
Isaiah: 52:7-10 
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 26, 2021
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
Colossians 3:12-21
Luke 2:41-52 
Respect for God requires that we honor our parents. 
Christian life asks that we respect one another.
The child Jesus grew to maturity and wisdom. 
Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God - January 1, 2022
Numbers 6:22-27 
Galatians 4:4-7 
Luke 2:16-21 
Aaron blesses the people of Israel in God's name.
God blesses time by sending his Son in history.
On the eighth day the Child is named.
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord - January 2, 2022
Isaiah 60:1-6 
Ephesians 3:2-6 
Matthew 2:1-12 
Gentiles will come to faith in the light of God's people.
Astonishing revelation: Gentiles are brought to Christ.
Wise men from the Gentiles follow a light to find Christ.
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord - January 9, 2022
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 
Acts 10:34-38 
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 
God’s servant will bring sight to the blind. 
God has anointed Jesus of Nazareth as Messiah and Lord. 
Jesus is the beloved Son of the Father.