Reflections on the readings from the Lectionary by Rev. Clement D. Thibodeau (1932-2017)
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|Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity - June 12, 2022|
|Wisdom was with God at the beginning of creation.
Through the Spirit, God’s love has been given to us.
Jesus promises the Spirit of Truth in those who believe.
|Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ - June 19, 2022|
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
|Melchizedek, priest, offers bread and wine.
Jesus offers his body and blood in sacrifice.
Jesus satisfies all our hungers.
|Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - June 26, 2022|
|1 Kings 19:16-21
Galatians 5:1, 13-18
|God chooses Elisha to be Elijah’s successor.
Use your freedom to live in the Spirit.
Jesus teaches the cost of discipleship.
|Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - July 3, 2022|
|Peace for God’s people; wrath for God’s enemies.
St. Paul’s final counsel on Christian behavior.
The Mission of 70 Disciples: Satan is defeated.
|Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - July 10, 2022|
|God’s law is readily accessible, within the heart.
All things were made for Christ and redeemed by him.
Love of neighbor is shown by a Samaritan outcast.
|Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - July 17, 2022|
|Abraham offers hospitality to three divine messengers.
In Christ, all have access to the hidden God.
Jesus receives hospitality and grants discipleship.
|Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - July 24, 2022|
|Abraham persists in prayer and is heard by God.
In baptism, we have died and been raised with Christ.
Jesus invites us to pray persistently.
|Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - July 31, 2022|
|Ecclesiastes 1:2, 21-23
Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11
|How empty human life can be!
Focus on things that are above.
Jesus tells the parable of the “rich fool.”
|Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - August 7, 2022|
|Israel took courage from God’s promises.
Faith in our salvation pleases God.
We live responsibly since Jesus comes soon.
Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time - August 14, 2022
|Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15, 2022|
1 Corinthians 15:20-27
|A woman clothed with the sun.
Christ, the first to rise
He has raised up the lowly.
|Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time - August 21, 2022|
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
|God will gather his people at Jerusalem.
Trials are a discipline from the Lord.
Gentiles too will come into God’s kingdom.
|Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time - August 28, 2022|
|The humble will find favor with the Lord.
With Jesus Christ, we have come close to a gentle God.
God will exalt those who humble themselves.
|Twenty-third Sunday of Ordnary Time - September 4. 2022|
|God’s will is supreme and sovereign
No longer a slave but a brother.
Disciples leave all else behind.
|Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time - September 11, 2022|
|Exodus 32:7 – 11, 13-14
1 Timothy 1:12-17
|God does not punish sinners who repent.
Christ came to save sinners.
Heaven rejoices over one repentant sinner.
|Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time - September 18, 2022|
1 Timothy 2:1-8
|God will take vengeance on those who oppress the poor.
Pray for leaders also, for God wants all to be saved.
You cannot be the slave of God and of money.
|Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time - September 25, 2022|
1 Timothy 6:11-16
|Woe to the complacent.
The proper use of material goods.
The Rich Man and the Poor Man
|Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 2, 2022|
|Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14
|The righteous shall live by their faith.
Guard the truth entrusted to you.
Lord, increase our faith!
|Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 9, 2022|
|2 Kings 5:14-17
2 Timothy 2:8-13
|Naaman needs to remember the God of Israel.
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead.
Remember to express gratitude.
|Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 16, 2022|
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
|Hands held up in prayer assure victory.
Remain faithful to what you have learned.
God will answer those who call out in prayer.
|Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 23, 2022|
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
|The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
The Lord will rescue me from every evil
The Lord hears the prayer of the humble.
|Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 30, 2022|
|Wisdom 11:22 - 12:2
Thessalonians 1:11 - 2:2
|The Lord is full of mercy and compassion.
Work; do not wonder about the end.
He has come to save the lost.
|Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time - November 6, 2022|
|2 Maccabees 7: 1-2, 9-14
2 Thessalonians 2:16 - 3:5
|Seven brothers give up their lives for resurrection.
God guards us against the evil one.
Jesus affirms the teaching on life after death.
|Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time - November 13, 2022|
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
|There will come a day when God will correct evil.
Be faithful and not lazy in Christian living.
The day of the Lord is surely coming.
|Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - November 20, 2022|
|2 Samuel 5:1-3
|God’s choice, David, is anointed as king.
We long for the Lord’s house.
We were brought into the kingdom of Christ.
Our King, a Crucified Lord, grants salvation.