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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)

First Sunday of Advent - December 1, 2019
Isaiah 2:1-5 
Psalm 122:1-9 
Romans 13:11-14 
Matthew 24:37-44
All nations shall come to the house of the Lord. 
We rejoice in the Lord.
The night is far gone; the day is at hand.
Be ready; the Day of the Lord will be sudden.
Second Sunday of Advent - December 8, 2019
Isaiah 11:1-10 
Psalm 72:1-17 
Romans 15:4-9 
Matthew 3:1-12 
A descendant of David will bring salvation.
The Anointed King will rule all creation.
Grace for the circumcised is now available to all. 
The wild one, the Baptist, calls all to conversion. 
Third Sunday of Advent - December 15, 2019
Isaiah 35:1-6,10 
Psalm 146:6-10 
James 5:7-10 
Matthew 11:2-11
The desert will bloom like paradise.
God comforts those who suffer. 
Lord is near; be patient in suffering.
Jesus gives evidence to John the Baptist
Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 22, 2019
Isaiah 7:10-14 
Psalm 24:1-6 
Romans 1:1-7 
Matthew 1:18-24
Immanuel: Sign of God’s sovereignty.
The King of Glory comes. 
Peace with God comes through Christ. 
Joseph welcomes Mary into his home.
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord - December 25, 2019
 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.
The Feast of the Holy Family - December 29, 2019
Sirach 3:2-6,12-14
Psalm 128:1-5
Colossians 3:12-21
Matthew 2:13-15,19-23
Respect and kindness in families bring blessings.
Care for the family gently if you fear the Lord.
Practice humility and thankfulness at home.
The Holy Family escapes danger
Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God - January 1, 2020
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 5, 2020
Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6
Matthew 2:1-12
All nations are invited to praise God.
All have been called to hear the Good News.
The nations come to worship the Christ.
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord - January 12, 2020
Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7
Acts 10:34-38
Matthew 3:13-17
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 19, 2020
Isaiah 49:3-6
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
John 1:29-34
God uses One who was rejected to bring salvation.
We have been called into fellowship with Christ.
Jesus is the Lamb who will be sacrificed for us.
Third Sunday of Ordinary Time - January 26, 2020
Isaiah 8:23-9:3
1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Matthew 4:12-2
God’s light will shine in places of darkness.
Christians are called to perfect unity.
Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee.
Feast of the Presentation of thre Lord - February 2, 2020
We apologize, but a reflection is not available for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time - February 9, 2020
Isaiah 58:7-10
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Matthew 5:13-16
Showing compassion is like a light shining in the dark.
God’s wisdom does not rest on human intelligence.
Salt and light do not exist for their own sake.
Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time - February 16, 2020
Sirach 15:15-20
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
Matthew 5:17-37
Sin is our fault, not God’s.
God's wisdom is given to us through the Spirit.
Jesus restores the spiritual meaning of the Law
Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time - February 23, 2020
Leviticus 19:1-2,17-18
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Matthew 5:38-48
God invites his people to holiness and love.
Living in humility and harmony gives wisdom.
Jesus calls us to forgiveness and non-violence.