Reflections on the readings from the Lectionary by Rev. Clement D. Thibodeau (1932-2017)
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|Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 20, 2020|
|2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-11,16
|God will build an eternal kingdom for David.
What was a mystery for ages is now revealed.
The Word of God comes to Mar
|Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord - December 25, 2020|
|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 27, 2020|
|Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
|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, 2021|
|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 3, 2021|
|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 10, 2021|
|Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
|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 17, 2021|
|1 Samuel 3:3-10,19
1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20
|Speak, Lord; your servant is listening.
Our bodies are members of Christ's Body.
They saw where Jesus lived.
|Third Sunday of Ordinary Time - January 24, 2021|
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
|God wants even pagans to come to him.
The time is short for the coming of the Lord.
Jesus wants disciples to follow him now.
|Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time - January 31, 2021|
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
|Moses challenges Israel to listen to God's voice.
We must live up to our vocation.
We are called to hear the voice of Jesus.
|Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time - February 7, 2021|
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
|It is allowed to complain to God!
Paul writes about abuses in the Church.
Jesus always sets time aside for prayer.
|Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time - February 14, 2021|
|Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
|Those in sin are separated from the community
Everything we do must be for God’s glory.
Jesus heals us and restores us to community.
|First Sunday of Lent - February 21, 2021|
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1: 12-15
|God makes a promise of life and seals it with a rainbow.
We are saved through the waters of baptism.
Jesus encounters his human dimension in the desert.