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Echoing God's Word - Advent Reflections

Echoing God's Word in the Catholic Faith Community

Reflections on Readings from the Lectionary by Rev. Clement D. Thibodeau.

(Click on the date to read the reflection)

First Sunday of Advent - November 29, 2015
Jeremiah 33:14-16
1 Thessalonians 3:1-4:2
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36    
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10,14
The Lord will send a new David to bring peace and justice.
God prepares our hearts so we may prepare our lives.
The “great day” is coming; we need to be watchful.
We wait for the day of the Lord.
Second Sunday of Advent - December 6, 2015
Baruch 5:1-9            
Hebrews 7:23-28        
Luke 3:1-6            .
Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6
God’s people return to Jerusalem amid great glory.
Paul prays that the Church may show itself blameless.
In John the Baptist, God introduces salvation for all.
God’s people return from captivity in festive joy.
Third Sunday of Advent - December 13, 2015
Zephaniah: 3:14-18     
Philippians: 4:4-7
Luke: 3:10-18  
Response: Isaiah 12:2-6
The Lord is still among the people.
Paul is filled with joy because the Lord is near.
The Baptist urges people to live rightly for the Lord is near.
“Sing praise! The Great One is among you!
Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 20, 2015
Micah 5:14
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45
Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19
A new “King David” will come from Bethlehem.
Christ came as one of us to make us one with God.
Mary hears God’s will for her, and accepts it.
Shepherd of Israel, come to shepherd your people.
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord - December 25, 2015
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.