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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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Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 20, 2020
2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-11,16
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38
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
Isaiah: 52:7-12 
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 27, 2020
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
Colossians 3:12-21
Luke 2:22-40
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
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.
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord - January 3, 2021
Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:2-6
Matthew 2:1-12
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
Acts 10:34-38
Mark 1:7-11
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 
John 1:35-42 
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
Jonah 3:1-5,10 
1 Corinthians 7:29-31 
Mark 1:14-20
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
Deuteronomy 18:15-20 
1 Corinthians 7:32-35 
Mark 1:21-28 
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
Jacob 7:1-7 
1 Corinthians 9:16-23 
Mark 1:29-39 
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 
Mark 1:40-45
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
Genesis 9:8-15 
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.