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Echoing God’s Word

Reflections on the readings from the Lectionary by Rev. Clement D. Thibodeau (1932-2017)

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Palm Sunday - March 28, 2021
Isaiah 50:4-7 
Philippians 2:6-11 
Mark 14:1-15:47 
The Servant of the Lord is open to God’s word.
Jesus emptied, humbled himself in obedience.
The Passion and death of Jesus Christ.
Easter Sunday and Triduum - April 1-4, 2021
Acts 10:34, 37-43 
Colossians 3:1-45 
John 20:1-9 
We know him because we have experienced him.
We share in the Resurrection; let us live worthily.
The disciples testify that the tomb is empty.
Second Sunday of Easter - April 11, 2021
Acts 4:32-35 
1 John 5:1-6 
John 20:19-31 
Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24 
As a community of faith the disciples reach out in compassion.
Believing in Jesus as Son of God, we triumph over evil.
Jesus calls Thomas to faith; Thomas then worships.
“God's mercy endures forever.”
Third Sunday of Easter - April 18, 2021
Acts 3:13-15,17-19
1 John 2:1-5 
Luke 24:35-48 
Psalm 4:2,4,7-9    
Sermon of Peter about the power of God in Jesus.
Our sins are removed through the intercession of Jesus.
The disciples eat with Jesus and touch his body.
When God answers us, we feel peace and gladness.
Fourth Sunday of Easter - April 25, 2021
Acts 4:8-12 
1 John 3:1-2 
John 10:11-18 
Psalm 118 
Jesus is the cornerstone of the building. 
Through the Risen One, we are children of God.
He is the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for us.
The one rejected is now the foundation of the Church.
Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 2, 2021
Acts 9:26-31 
1 John 3:18-24
John 15:1-8
Psalm 22
Saul witnesses to the Risen Lord.
Love of one another testifies to our love of God. 
We are branches on the Vine which is Christ. 
Together let us praise his name in worship. 
Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 9, 2021
Acts 10:25-48 
1 John 4:7-10 
John 15:9-17 
Psalm 98:1-4 
God works also among the Gentiles.
We must love as Jesus has loved.
Love one another for perfect joy.
God's salvation extends to the Gentiles.
Seventh Sunday of Easter - May 16, 2021
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26 
1 John 4:11-16 
John 17:11-19 
Psalm 103:1-20 
Another witness of Jesus' resurrection must be chosen. 
We acknowledge Jesus as Son of God, so we live in God.
Jesus prays that his followers may be holy. 
We look to God’s kindness and bless God's name.
Solemnity of Pentecost - May 23, 2021
Acts 2:1-11 
1 Corinthians 12:3-13 
John 20:19-23 
Psalm 104: 1,24,29-31,3 
The community is filled with the Holy Spirit. 
The Spirit creates a new Body for Christ.
Jesus comes to those who fear, bringing peace. 
God's Spirit has all power. 
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity - May 30, 2021
Deuteronomy 4:32-40 
Romans 8:14-17 
Matthew 28:16-20 
Psalm 33:4-6,9,18-20,22 
The Lord is the only God of heaven and earth. 
The Spirit brings us to God, our Abba.
From a mountaintop the disciples are sent. 
God the Creator cares for us who are the Creation.
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ - June, 6, 2021
Exodus 24:3-8 
Hebrews 9:11-15 
Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 
Psalm 116: 12-13, 15-18 
The Covenant is sealed in blood. 
We are made holy by the blood of Christ. 
The cup is the blood of Christ.
I raise a cup in thanksgiving.