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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)

Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time - November 11, 2018
1 Kings 17:10-16
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44
Psalm 146:7-10
God cares for the widow through the ministry of Elijah.
Christ will save those who wait for his return.
Jesus praises the faith-filled woman who gave all she had.
God stands by those who have no one to defend them.   
Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time - November 18, 2018
Daniel 12:1-3
Hebrews 10:11-14,18
Mark 13:24-32
Psalm 16:5,8-10
Our names are in the Book of Life.
His enemies will be subdued.
He will return with power and glory.
They will live in light and joy.
Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - November 25, 2018
Daniel 7:13-14
Revelation 1:5-8
John 18:33-37
Psalm 93:1-2,5
One Like a Human Being is exalted above all.
Jesus Christ is one with the Lord of Hosts.
The title “king” is affirmed at the trial of Jesus.
A royal psalm acknowledges the universal reign of God.
First Sunday of Advent - December 2, 2018
Jeremiah 33:14-16
1 Thessalonians 3:1 -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 9, 2018
Baruch 5:1-9
Hebrews 7:23-28
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 16, 2018
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 23, 2018
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, 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.