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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)

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. 
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15, 2020
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 16, 2020
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
Matthew 15:21-28
God will welcome even those beyond Israel.
Separation from God for Israel is not permanent.
A bold Canaanite woman also receives mercy.
Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time - August 23, 2020
Isaiah 22:15, 19-23
Romans 11:33-36
Matthew 16:13-20
God warns those who are unfaithful leaders.
Paul breaks out in praise and worship.
Peter confess the faith of the Church.
Twenty-Second Sunday of Oridnary Time - August 30, 2020
Jeremiah 20:7-9
Romans 12:1-2
Matthew 16:21-27
God’s word is like a fire within me.
Dedicate yourselves to God's will even in your bodies.
God’s will comes before self-will.
Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time - September 6, 2020
Ezekiel 33:7-9
Romans 13:8-10
Matthew 18:15-20
You are responsible for warning the wicked.
Love is the fulfillment of the law.
You are responsible for warning your brother and sister!
Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time - September 13, 2020
Sirach 27:30-28:7
Romans 14:7-9
Matthew 18:21-35
Forgive your neighbor so you can be forgiven.
Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Forgive in order to be forgiven by God.