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Echoing God’s Word

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

(Click on the date to read the reflection)

Seventh Sunday of Easter - May 24, 2020
Acts 1:12-14 
1 Peter 4:13-16 
John 17:1-11 
The Church awaits the coming of the Spirit.
We suffer with or without Christ. 
Christ is glorified in the faith of the disciples.
Solemnity of Pentecost - May 31, 2020
Acts 2:1-11
1 Corinthians 12:3-13
John 20:19-23
The community is filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit gives Christ a new Body.
Jesus comes to those who fear, bringing peace.
Trinity Sunday - June 7, 2020
Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9 
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
John 3:16-18
Moses prays that God will remain with him.
Live together in harmony and peace.
We will be saved by believing in Jesus Christ.
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ - June 14, 2020
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 
1 Corinthians 10:16-17 
John 6:51-59
The Lord feeds his people with manna. 
We are made one with God and with one another.
Eat and drink for everlasting life.
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time - June 21, 2020
Jeremiah 20:7, 10-13
Romans 5:12-15
Matthew 10:26-33
 He suffered for his faithfulness to the message.
The gift of God far surpasses the offense of people.
Our fears are baseless because God loves us.
   
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 5, 2020
Zechariah 9:9-10
Romans 8:9,11-13
Matthew 11:25-30
Our King is a gentle and humble ruler.
Let us live by the Spirit within us.
Jesus offers rest from all burdens.
Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - July 12, 2020
Isaiah 55:10-11
Romans 8:18-23
Matthew 13:1-23 
God’s word holds power and effectiveness.
God will turn our struggles and pain into glory. 
God’s word will bear fruit if we welcome it.
Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - July 19, 2020
Wisdom 12:13-19 
Romans 8:26-27 
Matthew 13:24-43 
God does not exclude any nation from his love.
The Holy Spirit speaks to God from within us. 
God allows the weeds to stay until harvest time. 
Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - July 26, 2020
1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 
Romans 8:28-30 
Matthew 13:44-52 
God is pleased that Solomon asks for wisdom.
God will not default on plans of salvation.
The kingdom of heaven is worth more than all else. 
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.