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Echoing God’s Word

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

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Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - August, 2, 2020
Isaiah 55:1-3 
Romans 8:35-39 
Matthew 14:13-21 
God invites us to “come, buy and eat.”
No power can prevent God from loving us. 
Jesus feeds the crowd with what the disciples offer.
Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - August 9, 2020
1st Kings 19:9-13 
Romans 9:1-5 
Matthew 14:22-33 
God grants strength to Elijah in the silence of prayer.
Paul suffers with the fact that Israel does not believe.
Jesus holds Peter when Peter falters in the storm. 
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15, 2020
Revelation 11:19-12:1-6,10
1 Corinthians 15:20-27
Luke 1:39-56
A woman clothed with the sun.
Christ, the first to rise
He has raised up the lowly.
Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time - August 16, 2020
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
Matthew 15:21-28
God will welcome even those beyond Israel.
Separation from God for Israel is not permanent.
A bold Canaanite woman also receives mercy.
Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time - August 23, 2020
Isaiah 22:15, 19-23
Romans 11:33-36
Matthew 16:13-20
God warns those who are unfaithful leaders.
Paul breaks out in praise and worship.
Peter confess the faith of the Church.
Twenty-Second Sunday of Oridnary Time - August 30, 2020
Jeremiah 20:7-9
Romans 12:1-2
Matthew 16:21-27
God’s word is like a fire within me.
Dedicate yourselves to God's will even in your bodies.
God’s will comes before self-will.
Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time - September 6, 2020
Ezekiel 33:7-9
Romans 13:8-10
Matthew 18:15-20
You are responsible for warning the wicked.
Love is the fulfillment of the law.
You are responsible for warning your brother and sister!
Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time - September 13, 2020
Sirach 27:30-28:7
Romans 14:7-9
Matthew 18:21-35
Forgive your neighbor so you can be forgiven.
Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Forgive in order to be forgiven by God.
Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time - September 20, 2020
Isaiah 55:6-9
Philippians 1:20-24,27
Matthew 20:1-16
God is near and rich in forgiveness.
For me to live is Christ.
God is generous beyond measure.
Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time - September 27, 2020
Ezekiel 18:25-26
Philippians 2:1-11
Matthew 21:28-32
Repentance does have an effect on us.
Christ humbled himself to become one of us.
Jesus promises that repentance makes a difference.
Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 4, 2020
Isaiah 5:1-7
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21: 33-43
What more could God have done for his people?
Worry or anxiety does no good for the Church.
Jesus speaks of a new vineyard of farmers.
Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 11, 2020
Isaiah 25:6-10
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Matthew 22:1-14
The Lord will prepare a feast for everyone.
He strengthens us to do all things.
Invite to the wedding whomever you find.
Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 18, 2020
Isaiah 45:1,4-6
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Matthew 22:15-21
Cyrus does not know he is an agent of God. 
Paul knows about their faith, hope, and love.
Responsibilities to God and to the world.
Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 25, 2020
Exodus 22:20-26
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Matthew 22:34-40
God will defend those who have no one.
Serve God and await his Son.
Love your God and love your neighbor.
All Saints' Day - November 1, 2020
Revelation 7:2-4,9-14
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12a
Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time - November 8, 2020
Wisdom 6:12-16
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13
Wisdom is found by those who look for it.
God will bring the living and dead to life in Christ.
The Bridegroom comes! Go out to meet him.
Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time - November 15, 2020
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Matthew 25:14-30
A worthy wife is a great treasure.
The Day of the Lord is coming.
We are responsible for the gifts given.
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - November 22, 2020
Ezekiel 34:11-17
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
Matthew 25:31-46
He will judge between one sheep and another.
He will hand over the Kingdom to his Father.
He will judge those who have not served others.