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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)

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord - December 25, 2018
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 30, 2018
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
Child Jesus grew to maturity and wisdom.
Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God - January 1, 2019
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.
Epiphany of the Lord - January 6, 2019
Isaiah 60:1-6            
Ephesians 3:2-6         
Matthew 2:1-12         
Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-13
Gentiles will join the children of Israel in return to Jerusalem.
Gentiles are to be “co-heirs” of God’s promises.
Jesus, rooted in Judaism, brings salvation to all nations.
Foreign kings and nations will adore the Lord.
Baptism of the Lord - January 13, 2019
Isaiah 421-4,6-7
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.
Second Sunday of Ordinary Time - January 20, 2019
Isaiah 62:1-5
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
John 2:1-12
Psalm 96:1-3,7-10
God weds his people as a young man marries a virgin.
The Holy Spirit is the source of all gifts in the Church.
The Age of the Messiah has come: Wine flows in abundance.
Praise God for his gracious love.
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 27, 2019
Nehemiah 8:2-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-30
Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21
Psalm 19:8-10,15  
We hear the word of God and promise to be faithful.
The many members are one in the Body of Christ.
Jesus assumes the role assigned for the Messiah.
God’s word gives spirit and life.
Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time - February 3, 2019
Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
Luke 4:21-30
Psalm 71:1-6, 15-17
A prophet facing rejection still must speak the truth.
The greatest of the gifts is love.
Does God abandon those who rejected prophets and now Jesus?
Those who trust in God will not be disappointed.
Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time - February 10, 2019
Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 138:1-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11
The Lord chooses Isaiah to be prophet.
Men and women join the angels in praising the Lord.
The preaching of Paul is the foundation of our belief.
Jesus chooses the apostles who will call other disciples.
Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time - February 17, 2019
Jeremiah 17:5-8
Psalm 1:1-6
1 Corinthians 15: 12,16-20  
Luke 6:17, 20-26
Curses or blessings: depending on whom you trust.
Blessed and prosperous the ones who trust in the Lord.
If Christ is not alive, why do we believe?
Blessings and woes: not just Beatitudes.
Reflections are not available for the seventh and eighth Sundays of Ordinary Time.
First Sunday of Lent - March 10, 2019
Deuteronomy 26:4-10
Psalm 91:1-2,10-15
Romans 10:8-13
Luke 4:1-13
Our salvation is rooted in God’s actions in history.
We can trust in God’s love.
Salvation comes to us from Christ’s resurrection
Jesus is ever faithful to the Father.
Second Sunday of Lent - March 17, 2019
Genesis 15:5-12,17-18
Philippians 3:17–4:1
Luke 9:28-36
Psalm 27:1,7-9,13-14
Abraham trusted God totally.
Christ will transform our earthly being.
The community is given notice of the resurrection.
The Lord who is light brings light in our lives.
Third Sunday of Lent - March 24, 2019
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 31, 2019
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 7, 2019
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.