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
|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|
|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|
|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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
|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|
|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|
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
| 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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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.