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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.
Easter Sunday - April 21, 2019 (And Triduum)
Acts 10:34, 37-43
Psalm 118
Colossians 3:1-45
John 20:1-9
We know him because we have experienced him.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice!
Since we already share in the Resurrection, let us be worthy.
Those closest to Jesus are witnesses that the tomb is empty.
Second Sunday of Easter - April 28, 2019
Acts 5:12-32
Revelation 1:9-13,17-19
John 20:19-31
Faith in Jesus heals many in Jerusalem.
Christ, the Living One, loves us.
Jesus promises greater blessings to us.
Third Sunday of Easter - May 5, 2019
Acts 5:37,32,40-41
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19
The apostles chose to obey God rather than men.
The Lamb is worthy to receive the praise of all.
Jesus cements his love for Peter at a startling breakfast
Fourth Sunday of Easter - May 12, 2019
Acts 13:14, 43-52
Revelation 7:9, 14-17
John 10:27-30
Good News welcomed by those chosen for eternal life.
Great multitudes will worship God.
Jesus and the Father work together for the Church.
Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 19, 2019
Acts 14:31-22
Revelation 21:1-5
John 13:31-35
New believers must persevere in faith.
God will dwell among his people as in a holy place.
Jesus gives a new commandment: Love as he loved.
Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 26, 2019
Acts 15:1-2,22-29
Revelation 21:10-14,22-23
John 14:23-29
Observing the Law of Moses is not required.
In the New Jerusalem, the Lord is the only Light.
Obedience in Jesus Christ will make him dwell here.
Seventh Sunday of Easter - June 2, 2019
Acts 7:55-60
Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20
John 17:20-26
Jesus receives Stephen into heaven.
We urgently long for Jesus to return.
Jesus prays for us who have come to believe.
Solemnity of Pentecost - June 9, 2019
Acts 2:1-11
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
John 20:19-23
Psalm 104:1,24,29-31,34
The community is filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit creates a new Body of Christ.
Jesus comes to those who fear, bringing peace.
God’s Spirit has all power
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity - June 16, 2019
Proverbs 8:22-31
Romans 5:1-5
John 13:31-35
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 & Blood of Christ - June 23, 2019
Genesis 14:18-20
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Luke 9:11-17
 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 30, 2019
1 Kings 19:16-21
Galatians 5:1, 13-18
Luke 9:51-61
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 7, 2019
Isaiah 66:10-14
Galatians 6:14-18
Luke 10:1-20
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 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.