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Echoing God’s Word

Echoing God's Word in the Catholic Faith Community

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

(Click on the date to read the reflection)

Reflections are not available for the seventh and eighth Sundays of Ordinary Time.
Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - July 14, 2019
Deuteronomy 30:10-14
Colossians 1:15-20
Luke 10:1-20
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 21, 2019
Genesis 18:1-10
Colossians 1:24-28
Luke 10:38-42
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 28, 2019
Genesis 18:2-32
Colossians 2:12-14
Luke 11:1-13
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 - August 4, 2019
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 21-23     
Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 
Luke 12:13-21 
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 11, 2019
Wisdom 18:6-9 
Hebrews 11:1-2,8-19 
Luke 12:32-48 
Israel took courage from God's promises.
Faith in our salvation pleases God.
We live responsibly since Jesus comes soon.
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15, 2019
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 18, 2019
We apologize. A reflection is not available for this Sunday.
Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time - August 25, 2019
Isaiah 66:18-21  
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13  
Luke 13:22-30 
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 - September 1, 2019
Sirach 3:17-29 
Hebrews 12:18-24 
Luke 14:1,7-14 
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 Ordinary Time - September 8, 2019
Wisdom 9:13-18 
Philemon 9-10,12-17 
Luke 14:25-33 
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 15, 2019
Exodus 32:7 – 11, 13-14  
1 Timothy 1:12-17 
Luke 15:1-32 
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 22, 2019
Amos 8:4 –7  
1 Timothy 2:1-8 
Luke 16:1-13 
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 29, 2019
Amos 6:1,4-7  
1 Timothy 6:11-16  
Luke 16:19-31 
Woe to the complacent.
The proper use of material goods. 
The Rich Man and the Poor Man
Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 6, 2019
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4  
2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14  
Luke 17:5-10 
The righteous shall live by their faith
Guard the truth entrusted to you. 
Lord, increase our faith! 
Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 13, 2019
2 Kings 5:14-17 
2 Timothy 2:8-13 
Luke 17:11-19     
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 20, 2019
Exodus 17:8-13 
2 Timothy 3:14 - 4:2   
Luke 18:1-8  
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 27, 2019
Sirach 35:12-14,16-18  
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18 
Luke 18:9-14 
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 - November 3, 2019
Wisdom 11:22 - 12:2 
Thessalonians 1:11 - 2:2 
Luke 19:1-10 
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 10, 2019
2 Maccabees 7: 1-2, 9-14 
2 Thessalonians 2:16 - 3:5 
Luke 20:27-38 
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 17, 2019
Malachi 3:19-20  
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 
Luke 21:5-19
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 he Universe - November 24, 2019
2 Samuel 5:1-3 
Psalm 122:1-5 
Colossians 1:12-20 
Luke 23:35-43 
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.